Sport can be used to promote education, health, development and peace across the world. It helps young people acquire important life and social skills, boost their confidence and increase willingness to take on responsibility.
Sport for Development in Africa project has been making important contributions to the “More Space for Sport – 1,000 Chances for Africa”, a German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development initiative that aims to use sport as an important tool to bring positive changes in sub-Saharan Africa.
The project, in partnership with the Ethiopian TVET agency, used sport as an instrument to promote quality vocational education. It provided sport infrastructure and equipment as well as support for specialized life-skills through sport training.
Furthermore, the project helped more than 100,000 children and young people get access to sports by rehabilitating 35 sports grounds throughout the country. It has given sport for development training for 65 TVET teachers.
The “Sport for Development TVET Championship” aims to promote the importance of sport for development by teaching the young population important life skills and preparing them for the labor market. “More Space for Sport – 1,000 Chances for Africa” initiative was launched in 2014 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
It aims at providing a framework in which the various partners can work together to open up new opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people. German development cooperation is implementing sport-related programs in several areas – especially education, health, violence prevention, inclusion and gender equality.
Sport for Development in Africa project began establishing sport as a tool for achieving development goals in selected African countries in 2014.
Sport for Development in Ethiopia focuses on promoting vocational education through “Sport for Development” approach. The project works closely with existing vocational education projects currently being implemented by German Development Cooperation.
As partner to GIZ mainly on the sport for development approach, the Salesians of Don Bosco have benefited as new sport fields are constructed and maintenance work to old fields has been taking place in almost all the Salesian Centers in the country.
For “Sport for Development TVET Championship,” the Salesians of Don Bosco is represented by two TVET Colleges run by the Salesians of Don Bosco in the capital, Addis Ababa: Bosco Children and Mekanissa.
The capacity development in the form of various soft skill training is going well as GIZ is organizing various training events in all Salesian Communities which, after training, GIZ continue providing some sport materials and training manuals.