Education
 Kenya
Project #14722

Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football

by Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

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.

Exchange Learning

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.

Happy ThanksGiving!

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..

Teachers and parents affiliated with VAP programs from all the corners of Nairobi were invited by VAP coaches, peer educators and volunteers to come and share their views on VAP programs. Led by the able leadership of the charismatic, senior and master coach Everlyne who possess a community role model status,the parents and teachers were taken through all VAP programs including the economic empowerment facets within VAP.Each and every head of VAP department had time to narrate the way they do their programs and the support that they would expect from teachers and parents. The parents too had an opportunity to ask questions and add input towards strengthening the programs. “My 14 year old daughter can make her own informed decision with less of my commands, thanks to VAP coaches.” Said Mariam.The teachers and parents agreed to work and support the work that's is deliverred by VAP coaches towards enhancing the lives of children in the communities.

By attaining Global Giving partner reward status of ‘Leader’, VAP has been endorsed to participate in the HP community advising which is a living progress initiative aimed at creating better future for everyone through actions and innovations.HP community advising has teamed up with Global Giving to offer nonprofits professional expertise and advice from HP employees at no cost.Through HP Advising, VAP has matched with HP employee volunteers who are advising in particular areas based on their expertise including: fundraising, branding, marketing, IT, business planning, managing staff, recruiting volunteers and other key business areas. Nonprofits connect with HP Advisors by joining the HP group on Micro Mentor, an online community which matches entrepreneurs and mentors. By signing up and creating advising request with the needs, organizations can choose an HP advisor to work with and the process of matching works both ways. Based on their areas of expertise, HP Advisors who read organizations request can offer to work with the organizations or organizations can request to work with them. After the match, organization can work with the mentor to determine how often to check in and through what medium (phone, videoconference, etc.).Other benefits include participating in micro-mentor live training sessions through webinars.VAP looks forward to leverage on this opportunity to strengthen and build up its capacity.

             Marking World Peace Day

As the world was marking peace day on 21st September, VAP joined the wave together with other like-minded organizations under the auspices of Kenya Sports Development Program (KSDP).Over 10 organizations from all the walks of Kenya who are affiliated to KSDP were represented by young coaches both female and male who converged at Soweto grounds with their best sports based skills and knowledge for social impact ready to learn, explore, exchange and network with their counter parts from different organizations. With the topic being ‘peace day’ organizations working in the areas of peace had an opportunity to showcase their expertise and activities related to sports and peace development. During this event that took place in Nairobi, VAP was represented by a team of 20 young lads who also participated in the football 3 methodology, a system designed to foster dialogue and bring about peace by engaging young people at risk of violence, a system that VAP has had experience in due to the participation of streetfootballworld East Africa activities.

The word anthem is quite familiar to everyone as it relates to a solemn patriotic song officially adopted by a country as an expression of national identity or loyalty. With football or soccer being the song and the core language that VAP uses to advocate for social change, the mission statement (in red) and the vision (in black) has become its anthem which every VAP coach and volunteer has pledged allegiance to as they serve the community, and with a symbol of a football pitch being used as its flag.

VAP Speaks At Yetu Initiative

As one of Global Giving user and long-time partner, VAP was invited by Global Giving foundation to speak about its online fundraising experience on what works, what could be better and how the usage of technology could further and add value to community programs. The Yetu initiative workshop managed by Aga Khan foundation and funded by USAID invited Global Giving foundation to share their expertise on online fundraising. Yetu Initiative is a four year activity aimed at sparking more online philanthropy in East Africa as well as empowering Kenyan civil society organizations to jointly tackle the country’s most pressing challenges. ’Yetu’ which means ‘ours’ in Kiswahili, will build local ownership and support for civil society and non-governmental organizations their advocacy for the Kenyan people over a long run. Yetu will also engage communities in fundraising or awareness-raising campaigns, connect NGOs, capacity building platform and mentoring opportunities, and develop online and mobile philanthropy platforms for Kenyans to donate money, time, and skills to support Kenyan NGOs and civil society organizations.

Talk to any informed radical football fanatic about tiki taka and the first football teams that would first click in his/her mind would be none other than Arsenal or Barcelona. The Arsenal style was put into practical by a group of youth football coaches during the 'Play The Arsenal Way' football training conducted by VAP.The five day football training that entailed both technical and tactical way included drills such as: ball possession, scoring, defending, attacking etc. The coaches who have their teams attached to VAP programs also got the training ignited by the inclusion of education and literacy through football as a bonus to the whole training package. The education and literacy programme is designed to provide a flexible framework, and can be adapted to suit any school’s timetable. No knowledge of football or of Arsenal is required to teach the resources or take part in the programme, and one doesn’t need to be an Arsenal fan. The 15 coaches representing various youth teams were awarded with ‘play the Arsenal way’ football coaching manuals and certificates.

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Organization Information

Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.vijanaamanipamoja.webs.com
Project Leader:
Enouce Ndeche
Executive Director
Nairobi, Kenya
$149 raised of $8,000 goal
 
4 donations
$7,851 to go
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