After a successful run of VAP’s Skillz program at Muthurwa primary school, the school management requested to have show corruption ‘Red Card’ program in their school. The connection and introduction of show corruption ‘Red Card’ program into Muthurwa primary was also influenced by teacher Felix who used to teach at Ruaka primary school where show corruption ‘Red Card’ program had just been concluded and graduated over 200 students.
Over 300 students from Muthurwa primary school are taking part in the show corruption ‘Red Card’ program. During the first day of the program, participants were given some surveys to fill by the Anti-corruption crusaders. The surveys contain basic questionnaires gauging the attitude and knowledge of participants regarding corruption. Majority of the participants indicated that they are much aware of what corruption is and its causes.
During day one, participants were taken through some skits and plays that carry out basic information about corruption and its causes. “I like the games because they are full of fun and good lessons that address anti-corruption” Said 13 years old Peter from Muthurwa primary school.
Over 300 students both boys and girls from Dandora primary have been enrolled to the show corruption ‘Red card’ program. The program that commenced in the month of January 2016 has been conducted three times in a week. The implementers of the program who are dubbed as Anti-corruption crusaders have been teaching participants on various issues including integrity and leadership through various soccer games. Since the inception of the show corruption ‘Red card’ program, the participating students have been actively involved in all the sessions that do require active participation. With every participant having a great ambition for his/her future life, the issue of integrity has been a critical topic to discuss and think about. During the first day, all participants were given some surveys to fill to gauge their knowledge about corruption and their attitude and its results. With corruption being a major issue in our societies today, every participant was quite aware of its consequences.
“Corruption has been a great enemy towards achieving any development and for any society to move forward in terms of development, we should all unite and say ‘NO’ to corruption. I like this program that uses football to teach about the dangers of corruption.” Said 14 year old peter.
VAP alongside other football for development organizations under the umbrella of Football for Hope network from across Africa converged at MYSA headquarters for a three days interactive Football for Hope and Adidas Exchange Program workshop. The event that ran from 3-5th November triggered a discussion touching on a variety of topics ranging from monitoring and evaluations, proposal writing, and program implementation as well as networking opportunity. Football for Hope network continues to strengthen the impact of all the organizations globally through network meetings, exchange programmes and joint events. The adidas Exchange programme runs in partnership with Adidas and football for Hope. Spearheaded by FIFA and streetfootballworld, a centre of expertise that supports a global network of local organizations in the field of development through football, Football For Hope is a movement that uses the power of the game of football for social development. The team also had an opportunity to visit VAP offices on their last day of the workshop.
As one of Grassrootsoccer‘s “old skool” partner, VAP was invited to travel down to Cape Town at Grassroot soccer’s offices for a 5 day learning exchange with partner organizations. The intention of the learning exchange was to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between partner organizations zeroing in on: monitoring and evaluation, program planning, coach management and development amongst others.VAP including the other 10 organizations represented had an opportunity to present its programs, share, and network and learn from other organizations.VAP truly beliefs that the ripple effects of the workshop will be felt on its programs and the entire organization as it moves on with its crusade of changing the lives of young people through football.
For the generous individual donors and corporates who help us implement our programs and the unwavering support that we get from volunteers towards sustaining our work, we want to say that we are so grateful. On behalf of the thousands of young people from the slums of Nairobi and from Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP), we wonna wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving day..
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