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Aug 6, 2019

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New HIV soldiers
New HIV soldiers

As August school holiday was beckoning, a number of Skillz Kenya program participants in both primary and secondary schools were confirmed as HIV ambassadors and community agents of change. Skillz coaches were busy confirming participants of both Skillz Mtaani (primary schools) and Skillz Mabeste (secondary schools) with certificates that would officially enable graduates to share HIV information with their peers, families and the entire community all under one word ‘Prevention’. “I have been informed about HIV am ready to share information with my friends to prevent it.” Said 14 years old Rafael from Outering primary school.

 Employment + Entrepreneurship

With majority of ‘Employment+ Entrepreneurship’ project participants being girls and young women, VAP had to heed to the call of including boys into the program. This has been as a result of popular demand and feedbacks collected from the community and the program boys participants. Skillz Kenya that addresses HIV awareness, and ‘Heshima’ program that addresses positive masculinity amongst boys and men through the platform of football, are two key programs that are used as springboards to recruiting boys into Economic + Entrepreneurship’ project. Amongst the courses taken by boys include: Catering, pastry, cookery, electronics, tailoring etc.

Engaging Boys into Employment +Entrepreneurship
Engaging Boys into Employment +Entrepreneurship
Jul 29, 2019

Kick Out Corruption Program in Mcedo School

Following the impressiveness and success of Kick-out corruption program in different community centres and schools, the demand of having the program in other schools and centres is rising up on a daily basis. After having completed the program in different schools and communities, Mr.Mwenda the head teacher from Greensville primary school who was visiting Mweli primary school when the program was on going, happened to get a first hand opportunity to witness kick-out corruption program at Greensville school. After his witnessing, he enquired from the program implementers if he could have the program at his school as well. Immediately after the completion of the program at Mweli school, focus shifted to his school at Greensville where a total of 200 student participants aged 12-15 years old both boys and girls are currently participating in the program. Asked why he was interested in the program, this is what Mr. Mwennda said “There is great need of this program in this school and given the fact that we are all nurturing future leaders, I think it’s more important they start to know the dangers of corruption right from the tender ages so that when they grow up and become leaders, they can be leaders of integrity who can spur this nation to a greater height as far as development is concerned.” “I feel so proud to be part of the Kick-Out corruption program because my dream is to become a great leader and I know I can’t achieve this if I don’t learn integrity issues and the dangers of corruption. This is something that teachers don’t teach us, but am glad to be able to receive from VAP organization.” Said Ben ,a 13 years old program participant from Mweli school.

Jul 29, 2019

Coaches Monitoring and Evaluation

With the program focus being in schools, the first half of 2019 monitoring and evaluation meeting was held at VAP offices. The aim of the meeting was to evaluate and get updates from coaches regarding different programs taking place in various schools and community centres since the month of January. Led by master coaches and centre contact coaches, the meeting discussed the challenges and successes that have been encountered throughout the program and came out with mitigation plans to counter the challenges experienced.The newly recruited coaches had an opportunity to talk about their experiences."Am happy to be teaching back to my former school and teach what was taught to me while i was still there.The combination of football while addressing educational matters and educational subjects are very key to improving education" Said 17 years old Fredrick.

 
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