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 inputs from kids (direct beneficiaries), community volunteers,, community education, mobilization specifics), and patner organization (experts on Kenyan context and local HIV prevention response) GRS/VAP led the workship team through a critical analysis of the current skills curriculum and work to tailor the guide to Kenyan context and Curriculum and national HIV/AIDS response mandates
EGMONT TRUST THROWS A SPANNER INTO VAP’S WORK
Through VAP’s long time partner GRS VAP has received a small grant to scale up its HIV/AIDS intervention programs. The Egmont trust combines professionals from the London and New York financial sectors with HIV/AIDS pioneers who have been addressing the negative effects of disease for a combined 50 plus years. The one year funding scheduled to begin in November 2010 is estimated to reach out to 1,200 participants who will be empowered with HIV/AIDS awareness information through the new skill program. Through the grant support from Egmont trust, Grassroot soccer conducted a 5 day training of coaches for 20 VAP coaches. The training was also in line with new Skillz Kenya curriculum that was in the developing process since September 13.The new curriculum has more of a Kenyan face and context as well as national HIV/AIDS response mandate.
VAP OPENS A NEW OFFICE
On 10th Nov 2010, VAP experienced a new dawn by officially opening a new ground office that is located right in the centre of Kiambiu slums. The 2 room office that also consists of a small resource room will easen and facilitate VAP’s programs hence reaching out its community adequately. The office was officially opened by Leah Dozier, Grassrootsoccer’
s Director of Global operations and witnessed by VAP’s coaches.
VAP has for the lsat few months graduated 1320 students from: kings shool,Ngei school,homeless Kenya team and Goodhope school.
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 e.g. monitoring and evaluation, editing and curriculum development.
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