“I have the confidence that I am equal with my male counterparts and I believe that there is a great leader within me.”Deliwe Daka, Goal Champion

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The Goal Program in Zambia was re-launched on Saturday 20th September 2014 at an event held at the National Sports Development Centre in Lusaka. The launch aimed to celebrate and highlight the Goal Program, participants and partnership. Goal is a leadership development program targeted at adolescent girls and young women, NOWSPAR with the support of Women Win and Standard Chartered is this year reaching 1,000 girls in schools, sport NGOs and Sport Associations. The event brought together Goal stakeholders including the government, schools, sport organisations and media.

Speaking at the Launch, Government representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender and the National Sports Council, shared in the commitment to invest in girls’ leadership and access to sport and physical activity through policies that are supportive and practical collaboration at specific levels such as access to schools, sport associations among others.  The role of Goal in prevention of gender based violence (GBV) was also praised as GBV is a national priority.

 

Minister of Education, Dr. John Phiri ‘Sport is not just for men, it is important for girls to have access too and the media has a strong influence through coverage of women in sport and to advocate for girls sport.

 

We are big on being a force for good in the communities where we operate, we have come back to the table- with the commitment our group CEO, Peter Sands made at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative to reach 500,000 girls through Goal by the end of 2018.” Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Okai said.

 

NOWSPAR Chairperson Ms. Mutinta Mwembe emphasised the importance of leadership development for girls in a changing society. ‘We are expecting girls to take up broader areas of participation and responsibility in our society at levels including economic, political and reproductive among others. Our society, and more importantly, these girls expect to not just participate as consumers and producers but also as strategic leaders and decision makers. ‘

 

The event was co-hosted by NOWSPAR and Standard Chartered, visit our Flikr Album for more pictures from the event here and also follow us on Facebook here.

 

NOWSPAR is reaching 500 girls in 6 schools across Lusaka through weekly Goal sessions and 500 more girls from sport associations and community clubs through Goal Events. Two more events are scheduled for 27th September and 11th October to commemorate the International Day of the Girl.

 

About Goal

 

‘Goal is an award-winning development programme which uses sport and life skills education to transform the lives of adolescent girls. Created by Standard Chartered, it is primarily designed for girls ages 12-18 who are living in underserved communities. Goal is typically offered on a weekly basis, over the course of ten months. The programme is divided into four modules focused on one of four key life skills: communication, health and hygiene, rights and financial literacy.’ http://www.goalprogramme.org

 

Goal Celebration