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.
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