• Addressing UNSDG 4 in Sonora

    Over the next three weeks the CAC team is back in Sonora, Mexico working with PE teachers from across the state to design and deliver Purposeful Play curriculum and Self-Directed Learning teaching methodology to address UNSDG 4: Quality Education.

    In the past 4 years the partnership between Coaches Across Continents and Sonora Ministry of Education has provided opportunities for life-long learning and professional development to 500 PE teachers across Sonora state, Mexico, centered on equitable, quality education through sport. Now the Secretary has asked for us to continue consulting for the schools of Sonora, with the goal of reaching all school districts in the state (2,500+ schools and 600,000+ youth). Over 70% of teachers trained by CAC apply the curricula in their classes every week, and over 97% of respondents said they have learned useful tools to complement the objectives of their classes

    How do we address UNSDG4: Quality Education in this partnership?

    Global Goal Target 4.5: Eliminate gender disparities in education.
    – 100% of these Sonoran educators agree that they are better prepared to create equal opportunities for girls and boys.
    Global Goal Target 4A: Education facilities are child, disability and gender sensitive; learning
    environments are safe, nonviolent, inclusive.
    – Over 95% of teacher respondents now find ways to include students with physical and intellectual disabilities in their class.
    Global Goal Target 4.7: Learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable
    development.
    – Over 87% of respondents feel that because of CAC they can support their students in gaining skills
    needed to promote sustainable development. The top reasons cited are: we can create consciousness
    easily, the tools are extremely versatile, and the content is relevant.

    Quotes from Sonora teachers

    “ Following the CAC training I do not push troubled students aside if they are acting out. We do not always know their story and it is our role as educators to make them feel welcomed and safe in the environment we create.” – Raúl Arvizu Ríos
    “Thanks to CAC I have created a game about a real issue for my students, the changes in US border laws under President Trump, in order to teach them their rights but also to discuss what it means to respect people who are different from you.” – Javier Salas Fierro
    “I have seen the children change, for they have the highest self-esteem. Now they look for me if they
    have any problems like violence within the family. They trust me and we are solving problems.” – Laura
    Elena Olivia Gaxiola
    “CAC’s curriculum allows me to address difficult issues in my class because the students can play a role
    on the field that they cannot play in real life. It allows them to put themselves in each other’s shoes and
    be respectful with each other.”- Veronica Rodríguez

  • World AIDS Day 2019

    2019 marks the 11th year that Coaches Across Continents has worked towards honoring World AIDS Day. On December 1st, CAC partners around the globe made use of our unique AIDS Awareness Day curriculum packet to share knowledge and dive into some of the overwhelming nuance associated with this disease.

    HIV remains one of the world’s most serious public health problems with ~38 million people currently infected. Despite dramatic steps forward with prevention and treatment technologies, a disproportionate number of people and communities in low and middle income countries continue to struggle with this disease and its ramifications.

    More than 5,700 individuals and organizations in 114 countries were provided our World AIDS Day resource packet. With this packet, communities are encouraged to question the various stigmas, myths, facts and research behind the latest in HIV awareness.

  • Child Safeguarding Campaign for Universal Children’s Day

    November 20, 2019. CAC is proud to announce on Universal Children’s Day that 34 organizations on 5 continents have completed our 3-month Child Safeguarding Education campaign.  Other organizations from our partnership network in 60+ countries are expected to complete this program shortly.  CAC’s Child Safeguarding Education Program is the only one that recognizes organizations that reach CAC’s international standards for Child Safeguarding as one of our 28 year-round strategic resources needed for organizational accreditation.

    “CAC is educating organizations and creating communities that have a comprehensive safeguarding culture and child-centric practices that engages all stakeholders as part of CAC’s Community Empowerment to Ensure All Human Rights.

    – Brian Suskiewicz, Chief Executive Strategist

    Each organization goes through a thorough CAC-guided educational process to ensure that their child safeguarding is:

    • Child Safe:  Having children understand their rights as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by playing CAC Purposeful Play games, understanding who they can talk to, and providing services for the child should any breach of their rights occur
    • Coach Safe: Training practitioners on best practices for safe coaching and their role as a link between the children and the organization
    • Organization Safe:  Developing procedures and policies that guide the entire organization, from preventative measures to protect children to reporting procedures if violations occur
    • Community Safe:  Engaging key stakeholders such as families, social services, and the police on Child Safety and Protection measures and bringing CAC’s Theory of Change and the communities’ new and improved Child Safeguarding to life

    CAC’s expertise in Child Safeguarding comes from decades of work in the field on best international practices that allow for local contextualization.  Our partnerships with other leaders in the field include:

    For more information or to have your organization engage CAC through our Child Safeguarding Education Program, please contact:

  • Universal Children’s Day

    On November 20th, 1959, the United Nations officially adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same day, three decades later, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. With these historic steps forward, Universal Children’s Day has been used for the last 60 years to inform and celebrate the rights of all children, all over the world.

    Coaches Across Continents has worked for a decade with a foundation built off of these two documents.  We have used them to design curriculum, to create Child Rights policies, and to guide our global network towards a deeper understanding of Children’s Rights.

    This year, with CAC’s focus on Education Outside the Classroom, we have modeled a brand new curriculum built off UNICEF’s 8 International Safeguards for Children in Sport.

    Different from typical curriculums, this resource is targeted towards the training of staff, coaches, referees, volunteers, parents, supporters and young leaders involved in youth sports, not necessarily the youth themselves (though youth can definitely gain valuable skills and knowledge through playing).

    If you are interested in receiving your free copy of this curriculum, please follow this link, answer a few quick questions, and get your FREE resource packet to help celebrate the day!

    Happy Universal Children’s Day!