GOAL Rocks the Rock City
July 26, 2013. The GOAL Tanzania program finished its three-city training tour here in Mwanza, Tanzania. Mwanza is also known as the Rock City for the boulders that surround the landscape and also punctuate the surface of adjacent Lake Victoria. In this smaller up-country city, 43 teachers and Standard Chartered employees turned out at Kirumba Stadium to undergo three intensive days of GOAL training. The teachers represented 33 schools which house over 28,000 students. The teachers are now prepared to pass along the lessons learned in the GOAL curriculum to their students.
The GOAL curriculum, championed by Standard Chartered, brings important life lessons onto the soccer field. Boys and girls will learn lessons in order to Be Healthy, Be Empowered, Be Yourself, and Be Money Savvy all while having fun playing games on the pitch. During the training the teachers had great fun as well, enjoying playing the games under the bright Tanzanian sun on a great grass field. In fact, the first day of training was delayed slightly while we waited for the Tanzanian Men’s National Soccer Team to conclude their training in preparation for an upcoming match against Uganda.
The GOAL program has been sponsored it its first year in Tanzania by Standard Chartered Bank, joining other on field GOAL CAC countries of Ghana, India and Indonesia. Overall the GOAL Tanzania training educated over 150 teachers, coaches, and Standard Chartered employees who represent 63 different primary and secondary schools. It is expected that the impact of students taught the GOAL curriculum in the next few months will be in the tens of thousands. The effects of the GOAL training has also extended to the teachers who have rediscovered their love of sport and the positive energy derived from being healthy. We can’t wait for them to get started in their schools and pass it on to their students.