Showing Corruption the RED CARD

by Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD
Showing Corruption the RED CARD

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.

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After three month implementation of 'Show corruption red card' program in
schools,VAP's Anti-corruption crusader(ACC) shifted the gears to the community
centres.The program was implemented at Makongeni community centres with a total
of 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-corruption
messages and instill messages of integrity and good leadership. With the new
constitution in Kenya, youth were taught various aspects of the government
function and how if all systems work well and the constitution being
implemented to the fullest, would be of great benefit to the nation.

The sessions were very participatory with participants engaging the ACC with questions
regarding 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.

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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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After a long spell of holiday season and working with the community centres and hosting our first ever Anti-corruption soccer tournament at Mcedo primary school,VAP's Anti-corruption crusaders switched the program into schools. Currently we are working with 3 primary schools within Nairobi targeting to graduate 300 students in the next 4 months of the program. At the beginning of the program, the school teachers and students were a little bit skeptical in believing how football can be used to fight corruption device that has been an unhealing wound within the Kenyan society. After going through the basic activities and introduction of the program, the participants started to learn the concept of the program and its anti-corruption messages slowly by slowly. The participants respond in being involved in the program has been massive and positive as the program entails football fun based activities. The show corruption 'red card' program is conducted primarily as an after school program and it fits so well in the school learning system during the extra-curricular activity times.VAP's 2013 goal is to graduate 1000 participants and equip them with messages of high values of integrity and good leadership.

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Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
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Twitter: @Vap_Kenya
Project Leader:
Enouce Ndeche
Executive Director
Nairobi, Kenya

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