Informed by years of field experience and technical expertise in curriculum design, GRS in collaboration with Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP commenced the development of a Skillz Kenya curriculum (a Kenya-specific version of Grassroot Soccer's youth focused evidence based HIV prevention curriculum).The workshop was held in Nairobi from September 15-17, at Bahati PCEA Church in Eastlands, Nairobi and was facilitated by GRS Staff member Taylor Downs.
GRS and VAP invited staff from several like-minded organizations e.g. MYSA, Carolina For Kibera, WISER, HIV-FREE Generation, coaches and teachers who are vastly experienced in curriculum development, youth HIV prevention programming and youth education to participate in creating Skillz Kenya, and were proactively working to gather input from kids (direct beneficiaries), community volunteers (community education/mobilization specialists), and partner organizations (experts on Kenyan context and local HIV prevention response). During this 3-day workshop, GRS and VAP led the workshop team through a critical analysis of the current Skillz curriculum and work to tailor the guide to Kenyan context and national HIV/AIDS response mandates.”The workshop has been so intense and informative. The new curriculum will have a direct Kenyan context that is suitable and customized for the Kenyan youth. I can’t wait to use the new curriculum come November, 2010 and use it with the youth.”Said Eligious Basil, VAP’s peer educator.
The Global Education Network of Young Europeans (GLEN) in partnership with VAP managed to send two student volunteers to do internship with VAP for a period of three months commencing on July 6th 2010 to 6th October 2010. The two: Edgar Lipping from Estonia and Lucas Klaus from Germany have been helping out in various disciplines eg.monitoring and evaluation, editing and curriculum development.”It has been so amazing to see how VAP is using the power of soccer to change the lives of young people, my firsthand experience has really been so great to me as well and I have learned a lot. Programs like VAP need more partners and funding to able to reach a larger scale of youth who need this unique kind of services.” Said Edgar Lipping.
Msimamo newsletter is Vijana Amani Pamoja’s quarterly bulletin that contains in-depth news, stories and activities that take place within VAP and the community that it serves. The newsletter gives a clear picture of WHO we ARE and WHAT we do. Msimamo means””MY STAND.”
It seems strange that the World Cup has now come and gone and the dust has finally settled down with vuvuzelas’ voices disappearing in the thin air!. For Africa as a whole, this has been a major achievement in the global football arena and special thanks goes to South Africa for being the host and having worked tirelessly towards the preparation of the event for over four years. That said, what a fantastic time – any doubts about South Africa’s ability to pull it off have surely been laid to rest. It was truly (Kenako!) .If only some of the teams had lived up to expectations! One of the biggest highlights for Vijana Amani Pamoja was its participation in the FIFA’s Festival 2010 which ran for the final two weeks of the World Cup in Alexandria, Johannesburg. Organisations using football for development converged from around the world to take part in this official FIFA and streetfootballworld event. Even though VAP didn’t have a team participating in the games, the representation of Enouce Ndeche to the events was a significant spirit of solidarity.
MREMBO GOES A NOTCH HIGHER
After having a long spell of time delivering the Mrembo skillz which is entirely zeroed on sexual health reproductive messages to (GIRLS) in Kiambiu slum, Mrembo program is spreading its tentacles to schools. The first school to benefit from the Mrembo program is Child survival, located in the middle of Majengo slums. The school has a total of 250 girls all coming from underprivileged families with a myriad of life challenges.”It has not been easy to get a program like Mrembo that addresses the challenges of a girl child and empowers them, given the fact that most programs are boys focused.” Said Mr. Joseph Onyango, the head teacher of Child survival.
A total of 3000 student participants from different schools and community centres have so far graduated from the G-pange Skillz HIV/AIDS awareness program. These students have been provided with potential life-saving information and skills to live HIV-free. They have been empowered to conduct peer education activities within community, and to reach out to more others through formal and informal sessions.
G-PANGE SKILLZ STRETCHES OUT TO NEW SCHOOLS AND CENTRES
Due to the initial success of the G-pange skillz and subsequent increased demand from schools and community centres for this innovative HIV prevention methodology, VAP is now reaching out to 5 new schools and 4 community centres. The introduction of the G-Pange program is a spanner in the works towards these schools’ HIV/AIDS clubs, extra-curriculum activities and most of all their life skills. The expansion is as a result of continuous support from FIFA (footballforhope) and GTZ (youth development football).
SPORTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AFRICAN YOUTH FORUM
During the world cup 2010, the Sport for Social Change Network hosted a conference to further develop the relationships between network members and provide an opportunity for dialogue and debate. The conference was supported by their partners, Nike and GTZ YDF.Eligious Basil one of the peer educators from Vijana Amani Pamoja was selected to represent VAP and Kenya to attend the SSCN African Youth Forum in Pretoria. The Conference was an excellent opportunity to engage with other organisations throughout Africa using sport as a tool for development. Over the three days there was a variety of discussions and seminars. A few highlights included the Mango financial management training, the pizza-making on the last night as well as discussing “The way forward” for the SSCN. A major focus for the SSCN is to ensure that youth are actively engaged at all levels of decision making. A total of 33 young leaders from ten African countries gathered together at this Forum which aimed to provide a platform for youth to engage in policy-making and share their experiences as youth involved with sport for social change. As a celebration of the launch of the Forum, the participants were each given a ticket through the Sony Ticket Fund to watch Brazil play a World Cup game at Soccer city!
KICK N TEST VCT AND TB SCREENING SOCCER TOURNAMENT
For the second time running on 17th July 2010, VAP organized the 2nd annual Kick N Test and TB screening soccer tournament, and for the very first time bringing to the fore the TB aspect and mainly its co-relationship with HIV/AIDS. What made this tournament special? The teams did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also for participating in the G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz, Stop TB activities visiting VCT and TB screening tents over the course of the day. In the event of a tie, these extra points were more important than the points from a match. Out of 220 participants 156 youth were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every youth/player that was tested walked out with a certificate plus a bonus point to his/her team.
One player from each age group was chosen as Soccer Champion, based on his/her performance in the tournament, and one as Spirit Champion, based on his/her enthusiasm in the G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz and Stop TB activities.
A total of 23 community members got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the tournament.
STOP TB PROGRAM.
Since the inception of Stop TB program, VAP is currently impacting the lives of 230 students from Rescue Dada centre who are going through the Stop TB program. The program aims to empower students with more knowledge about TB and its co-relation with HIV/AIDS by using soccer.For more info,please read the attached document.
Through the invitation of Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP, a total of 4 under 14 teams gathered together for a one day, friendly, soccer match as an opportunity for networking and learning from each other. The four teams were: Sadili oval, Moving the Goal Post, Christic and Mrembo .The most significant factor in these teams was that they all use football for social change despite limited sports opportunity for girls.
Before the kick off, both teams demonstrated how they do use the game of football for social change.”I am so much excited to travel all the way from coast to Nairobi about 2500KM to Nairobi to come and play friendly matches as well as learning and networking from the like-minded teams. This truly shows how huge and of great impact the game of football can change our lives.” Said 13-year-old, Mwanaidi Asha, from Moving the Goal Post. The other teams: Sadili Oval had to travel 42km, Christi, 100km and Mrembo being the host.
It was a great opportunity for all teams as they played and interacted with one another all in the name of networking and learning from each other.”We feel so much honored to have hosted this opportunity where we have learned a lot from our colleagues from various parts of this country. We look forward to learning more from other groups, as well, who use football for social change." Said 13 year old,Caroline Mwende from Mrembo.