Over the past 9 months, German government’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through StreetFootballWorld has supported YEDI in implementing the BMZ SKILLZ Girl Program in Lagos, Abuja, Akwa-Ibom and Ogun State. YEDI set out to equip 2,000 vulnerable adolescent girls in public schools and out-of-school settings with comprehensive knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV prevention and life coping skills.
The BMZ SKILLZ Girl Project which was piloted in schools and out-of-school settings in Lagos, Abuja, Akwa Ibom and Ogun State, equipped and empowered over 2,000 disadvantaged adolescent girls, aged 13 – 19 years with a girls-only curriculum that contributes to the reduction of HIV/AIDS among girls and women in Nigeria. The girls were empowered with knowledge on vital issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights, life and leadership skills and physical well-being, to enable them successfully transition into adulthood and achieve their full potential as productive members of their community. These girls are now GAME CHANGERS in their various communities. They were provided safe spaces where they had interventions on vital conversations about HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health, personal hygiene, HIV Testing services, one-on-one/group counselling, fair-play soccer and other physical and fun activities.
The YEDI-BMZ SKILLZ Girl Project is anchored on the Grassroot Soccer methodology of utilizing the convening power of football, its language and metaphors in sensitizing and mobilizing youth for social and behavioural change.
To bring the program to a close this year, Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) is set to organize an all-female football tournament/graduating ceremony for all participants as follows:
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Venue: Agege Stadium
Time: 10:00 – 3pm prompt
The Football festival is part of the activities to mark the successful completion of the project. YEDI will organize a fair-play football tournament (using FOOTBALL-3 Rules – a special kind of football inspired by values of inclusion, teamwork and fair-play) and other fun activities. The event will host representatives from StreetFootballWorld (Berlin, Germany), GrassrootSoccer (South Africa), and StreetFootballWorld network members from Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Ghana and other West African countries as well as participants’ parents, stakeholders and community members
Join us in celebrating #Football4Good