We are delighted to be back once again in Geita, Tanzania this week working with Nelico and Plan International on our BMZ funded programme working to end child marriage (CM). Tanzania has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world, with an estimated two out of five girls married before their 18th birthday. Our joint programme trains football coaches to use interactive football sessions to reach communities with information, and support them in their efforts to prevent CM. Through our football drills, players will learn the harmful effects of CM, why it happens and what they can do to end it.
This week saw Project Officer Fred Sendegaya travel from Kampala, Uganda to the gold mining region of Geita to meet his colleague Laura Brooks from Kenya. Together they spent the week with a fantastic group of Tanzanian coaches. It was truly an East African Community endeavour and they felt they’d struck gold with this group.
Coaches took a refresher course and revised five specific drills, all designed to pass on messages about CM to their communities, through football. Messages covered why CM happens, what effects it can have on the girl child, why gender inequality is contributing to high rates of CM and finally, where coaches and players can go for support and to report incidences of CM.
Coaches also learnt new warm ups and cool downs, new energiser games to keep sessions fun as well, and how they can support each other as coaches as they embark on the next part of the programme. In return, coaches taught our facilitators some Tanzanian song and dance moves, and a traditional Tanzanian way of wishing you a happy birthday – a complete soaking as demonstrated by Fred here…
Facilitators were delighted to see the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the Plan/NELICO coaches and are sure over the coming weeks they will deliver their sessions with the same passion shown this week. Huge thanks to all at Plan International for their support in putting on this training course and we can’t wait to hear how the sessions are going.
To get involved, visit https://tackleafrica.org/get-involved/ for some ideas!