Empowered Girls Speak Out
2017 – 2020
The project aims to empower adolescent girls aged 13-19 to understand their rights, encourage equal education and promote freedom from gender-based violence. The central issue addressed is girls’ poor academic performance and school drop-outs.
The project works directly with the girls in secondary schools through 'Girls Action Clubs' (GACs). GACs provide a safe space for girls to share experiences and learn essential life skills, health education and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). GACs utilize sports, drama and dance as a way to learn and address the community of the issues hindering girls’ school success and gender equality.
While girls are the center of social change, local communities are also targeted to facilitate girl empowerment. 'Community Facilitation Groups' (CFGs) are established in order to achieve a wider community outreach. CFGs include: traditional and religious leaders, ward-level officials, teachers, female initiators (Kungwis) of Unyago ritual and other local leaders. CFG members are trained and mobilized to initiate collective community action to promote young girls to speak out for their rights.
Empowered Girls Speak Out also targets Unyago initiation ritual which prepares 5 to 12 years old girls for the transition from childhood to adolescence, including lessons related to sexuality. These lessons not only teach the girls the details of sexual activity, but also communicate specific norms, values and expectations related to women’s sexual roles. The project collaborates with the Unyago initiators “Kungwis” by educating them on health, sports and human rights; establishing a Kungwi organization and updating Unyago curricula with the Kungwis to meet the modern-day needs.
Physical Education and Health Education in Teacher Training Colleges
SDA works in partnership with Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to develop the physical and health education courses in 12 Teachers' Colleges throughout Tanzania.
The aim of the project is to increase the quality and quantity of physical education teachers in primary and secondary schools in Tanzania. The number of graduating PE teachers is now more than 400 annually. SDA is also assisting the Ministry in improving the current Tanzanian Curriculum of physical education.
LiiKe and Butimba Teacher Training College have upgraded sports grounds inside and outside the college grounds, increased the number of graduates in the area of sports, increased the number of women studying sports and increased the amount of literature in physical education libraries.
AMER Sports day
Annually on the 21st of September, the International Day of Sport, we organize AMER Sports Day event for local schools.
The aim is to provide a platform for celebrating sports and physical education while also spreading awareness about different health topics such as HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights, environment conservation, clean water, malaria and others.
Sport has proved to be a great tool for encouraging participation in Mtwara, Lindi and Singida Regions. The participating schools have also further benefitted by receiving sports equipment and school books donated by our main sponsor AMER Sports.
Education Through Sports in Primary and Secondary Schools
The aim of this project is to use sports as a tool to attract pupils to go to school. Methods of implementing the project include organising sports competitions at schools, coaching new sports, teaching children about health issues, organising seminars for sports teachers and renovating school sports fields.
The project covers already 1600 primary and secondary schools in Mtwara, Lindi and Singida regions where children can enjoy maintained fields, being coached by trained teachers and using good sports equipment. This project has also succeeded in improving school attendance as well as the pupils' academic performance.
Health Education for Children
SDA distributes information about various health and social issues such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, family planning and gender equality through organising sports in schools.
Mothers & Daughters project 2010 - 2014
The objective of the Mothers & Daughters project are to improve girls' and womens' self-confidence, increase gender equality and fair play, improve academic performance and increase the number of girls attending school. Through sports clubs girls have learnt about the importance of key female values, their rights and respecting themselves and others. This project has operated in the Mtwara region.
Women and young girls in Tanzania have a significant role in looking after the family and household chores. This often denies them the chance to participate in sports and other physical activities.
We have seen that this project has helped improve the self-confidence and self-esteem of women and girls. It has also provided them with new sport and physical activities opportunities and an education about family planning and health topics.
Every July we support one youth football team from within the communities we work in to travel to Finland and participate in one of the biggest youth football tournaments in Europe, the Helsinki Cup.
This programme was launched in 2000 by LiiKe and the Embassy of Finland in Dar es Salaam. The aim is to strengthen international co-operation and the developmental partnership between Tanzania and Finland.
Sports for Students with Disabilities
Sports for disabled pupils is another field that SDA works in, in Tanzania.
Since 2006, SDA has been assissting and training teachers in disabled schools in sports in the Mtwara region. Furthermore, SDA has been supplying sport equiptment for these schools which has been assisted by several Finnish Sports for Disabled organisations and facilitated by LiiKe.
In Singida, SDA has been working and organising sports events for the Tumaini School, a school for Deaf pupils.