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As we reach the final of the African continent’s first Football World Cup I have come across something that has inspired me to write this blog entry.
Listening on the B.B.C. World Service early this morning I heard a short report about an organisation in Kenya that is using football as a means to encourage girls to gain confidence and develop their leadership skills.
As they state in their website: www.mtgk.org
“Girls and women in Kilifi District, Kenya are some of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people. Low retention in school, early and unwanted pregnancies and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS trap them in a cycle of poverty. Moving the Goalposts Kilifi (MTG) uses local and youth centred approaches to tackle these issues ensuring girls’ participation as leaders and decision makers. The project uses football to develop essential life skills – confidence, leadership, self esteem – of vulnerable young women. Football also provides a unique entry point for reproductive health, human rights and economic empowerment initiatives.”
Listen to the exuberant singing of the young Becky Nazi from MTG on the video and then watch the young girls play the beautiful game and think of how sport can lead to transformation in people’s lives.
Greg Mortenson has often said that the education of girls is a priority if we are to bring about real development in places such as Kenya. Moving The Goalposts shows that girls have so much to give to a society and are a key to the future prosperity and development of where they live….. TUNAWEZA…. they can do it!