Sports Development Aid (SDA) was established in 2003 in Mtwara, South-Eastern Tanzania. SDA is working in close collaboration with school authorities and the local government to implement sports projects in primary and secondary schools. The aim is to use sport and work with primary and secondary school children to foster the youth to appreciate and realize the importance of education. SDA highlights the use of sport as a tool for development. The founding and cooperative partner of SDA is LiiKe, a Finnish NGO, which is using the international "Sport for All" concept in developing countries.
Sports Development Aid aims to increase the awareness of the importance of basic education among children and to work toward the goal of all boys and girls having the possibility to complete a full course of both primary and secondary education. SDA's development goals are to promote equality, human rights and gender equity, to disseminate information on improvement of healthy lifestyle and physical activity. Through sport, SDA promotes education and also uses it as a tool for development and peace. Including physical education and sports within the curriculum encourages young people to perform better as individuals and academically and improve their quality of life.
Sports Development Aid is running different sports and development projects in Mtwara and Lindi regions in South-Eastern Tanzania, and also in Singida region in central Tanzania. Find out more in the projects section. Practical cooperation with the school authorities and the local government is vital to the daily work of enhancing sports and physical education in the schools and the sustainability of sports and physical education in schools.
Promoting Gender Equality
Central to SDA's ethos is gender equality. SDA encourages girls to attend all games to improve their self-confidence. SDA offers equal opportunities for both boys and girls to attend sports events to represent girls as equal, active and independent citizens.
Sport has the ability to make a significant contribution toward improving the position of women in Tanzanian and global society. By offering sports activities to girls and women, they get the chance to develop and increase their self-confidence. Girls and women who excel at sport can act as role models for other girls and women, which can lead to a change to perceptions of women in society.
SDA also uses sport to teach women and girls about health issues, such as HIV and Malaria, as well as essential family planning topics like early marriage and teenage pregnancy.
By letting girls take part in sports and by encouraging parents and community leaders that sport is positive for their daughters, preconceptions boys and men have about girls can be eliminated. Greater independence in sport can lead to greater independence in other areas of life and can help toward strengthening the position and rights of women.