On 30th November, VAP conducted a graduation ceremony of 216 Anti-Corruption graduates from Kiragu Waichahi primary school. All the graduating participants had gone through the Kick-Out corruption program and the certification was to certify them as agents of Anti-Corruption campaign. During the graduation time, all participants participated in the “Prosecution game” activity in which they were led by VAP’s Anti Corruption Crusaders (ACC). The aim of the activity was to discuss about the dangers of corruption and what would happen if the perpetrators were left to go scot free. It really generated a lot of discussion amongst the youth and how important it is to stop corruption right from the youth since the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The key message of the game was to let the youth learn that whenever one is caught up into corruption deals and is proved to be guilty, he/she should be prosecuted so as to stop the vice and act as a lesson to others who are practicing the vice.
“Corruption has been a big problem in our country and if we can stop it, then Kenya would be more developed and everybody would enjoy leaving in this country as the standards of leaving would also be friendly to the poor.”Said Francis Njenge, a class 6 student from Kiragu Waichahi primary school.
“As VAP we are very much confident that we are building a future generation that would be in a position to reduce and eradicate corruption as we are sure that their leadership and integrity skills will be more vibrant.”This program has been made possible by the generous donations from various individuals who have been donating through Global Giving and on behalf of VAP, I would like to express my utmost THANKS to them and would also urge them to continue donating.” Said Enouce Ndeche, Director of VAP.
For the last 2 months the Kick-Out corruption 7-aside football mini league has been hitting the playing grounds of Kiambio with a total of 12 teams in participation. Teams were branded names based on what the majority of the players would wish to become or do as a professional when they grow up. They were splitted into various professionals eg.Lawyers fc,Presidents fc,Senators fc,Governors fc,MPs fc,Directors fc,Doctors fc,Managers fc,Police fc,Ministers fc,Engineers fc, and Judges fc.The league was coupled with Kick-Out corruption activities conducted by VAP’s Anti-corruption crusaders(ACC) that focused on ethics and integrity as well as values of leadership. The judges fc emerged the winners of the league by trouncing Police fc by a solitary goal.Additionally,all participants were awarded with certificates that confirmed them as Anti-corruption ambassadors.A word of wisdom from former National team football player, Francis who was invited as a guest was also in handy to the participants.”I have learnt great teachings on how to stay away from being corrupt even as am focused to become a future leader. If we can have corruption as a subject right from the primary schools to the upper levels, then our society would be a great one.”Said, 13 year old Jack Ouma, from the police fc.
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As from 26th-29th June 2013, VAP was invited to the FIFA's football for hope forum as a speaker. The forum was organized in concurrent with FIFA's confederations cup hosted in Brazil. This year's Football for Hope conference brought together over 200 leaders and activists in the football for development movement, representing organizations and projects from over 50 different nations, to network, learn and above all be inspired by each other's ideas. The workshops covered an extraordinary range of topics: from promoting gender equality to how to develop a communications strategy. There was even some football as the participants were lucky enough to see Brazil win their semi-final of the FIFA Confederations Cup against Uruguay.VAP was represented by Enouce Ndeche who was invited as a speaker and also had an opportunity to demonstrate to the audience activities of the Kick-Out corruption curriculum. The audience had an opportunity to learn how VAP uses football to create anti-corruption messages with the youth in Kenya.
After three month implementation of 'Show corruption red card' program inschools,VAP's Anti-corruption crusader(ACC) shifted the gears to the communitycentres.The program was implemented at Makongeni community centres with a totalof 120 youth ranging from the age of 12-18 years both boys and girls.
Youth were taken through various soccer themed activities that address anti-corruptionmessages and instill messages of integrity and good leadership. With the newconstitution in Kenya, youth were taught various aspects of the governmentfunction and how if all systems work well and the constitution beingimplemented to the fullest, would be of great benefit to the nation.
The sessions were very participatory with participants engaging the ACC with questionsregarding corruption and its outcome. 'I believe we can achieve more as a nation,if corruption is eradicated in this country, so that Kenya would be a great nation."said David Omondi,a 13 year old boy from Makongeni.
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) hosted its first Stopping Early Pregnancy in Adolescents Football Tournament. Twelve teams of fifteen girls each joined VAP via invitation at the football pitch in Bihati, Nairobi for a day of fun, games and education. Throughout the event, the teams enjoyed friendly competition on the pitch in a tournament style round robin format. During downtime in between matches, the girls learned from peer educators the dangers of engaging in unprotected sex, especially while they were young. Focus was placed on abstinence and self-control, along with the dangers of abortions. The girls were warned of some of the challenges they would face if they became pregnant so early in life, include losing out on schooling, being an only parent and the increased potential for drug abuse, to name a few. Energy and excitement ran high, for both competition and learning. One of the participants, Esther of the Golden Angels, had this to say: "We have come to learn and to play. We have learned about early pregnancies and abortion, and have learned how to abstain and how to control ourselves. We have really enjoyed the game, playing football, and eating!" Overall, the tournament was a success for all involved.
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