Reclaim Childhood & UKSD Latest Accredited Organizations
As part of CAC’s 2020 celebrations of International Women’s Day worldwide we are very excited to announce that another amazing organization in our global collaboration has been accredited in Purposeful Play: Congratulations to Reclaim Childhood!!!
CAC and Reclaim Childhood have been working closely together for more than 3 years. During this time we have shared resources and experiences, played lots of games, learned through honest dialogue on and off the field, and evolved in our understanding of what it takes to deliver programs for girls, led by women and in contexts complicated by politics and war. Nora Dooley, who has been with CAC for 7 years working with community partners worldwide, says of Reclaim Childhood: “I have said this to CAC staff, to the RC team, and to anyone who is listening – these programs in Jordan are some of the best examples I have ever experienced first hand and from a distance of what a ‘safe space’ looks like for girls and women to play and learn. Every interaction I have with RC holds honesty and a fierce commitment to these women and girls at its center. Personal strong opinion: Anyone in this space of sport/play/education for local and global development should check out this program and see what they can learn.”
We also wanted to take this moment to give another shout-out to recently accredited organization, UKSD! Our two years working alongside this powerful organization based in Massachusetts have been intense, thoughtful and always very fun. This is a group of humans building a legacy in a country that values developing talent in sport, making money and winning championships to the extreme extent that programs like UKSD are few and far between. We are so energized working closely with UKSD to support their use of Purposeful Play as a tool to challenge the harmful cultures around sport in the US and inspire young female leaders to find and share their voices in this complicated society. And a special shout-out to a particular young leader, Lexi Papavasiliou, who has been a superpower driving the incredible impact of UKSD in communities around Massachusetts and worldwide. CAC met Lexi in 2018 and we are constantly inspired by her strength and commitment to social change. Congratulations again to UKSD!!
Gender Equality With CONCACAF Women
CAC is delighted to be working with Concacaf W supporting their Next Play programs across the region. So far CAC has joined Concacaf W in Barbados, Los Angeles, and Dominican Republic addressing UNSDG5: Gender Equality in conjunction with Women’s Soccer events.
In LA we trained 34 young female coaches and then supported these coaches to deliver an exciting event for over 160 girls ages 6-12 from the Los Angeles area. These coaches came from all over Southern California and for most of them it was their first experience in coaching – especially in coaching Purposeful Play with a focus on social impact. We were also energized by the participation of several former and current professional women’s football players from all over the Concacaf region – including Costa Rica, México, USA and Canada. And it was great to see an old CAC friend and World Cup Champion with US Women’s National Team in Lorrie Fair.
We are looking forward to using football, CAC Purposeful Play and the Concacaf W Next Play methodology to create more safe, fun spaces for girls in other Concacaf countries in the near future including México. Contact CAC to find out how you can get involved in this exciting inspirational partnership.
From Jakarta TuBaba
Over the next 3 weeks, the CAC team are working in collaboration with Uni Papua – an Indonesian partner for over 6 years. Last week we were in the community of TuBaBa, a short one hour flight from the metropolis of Jakarta, TuBaBa is a quiet and rural community on the island of Sumatra. During our five day Education Outside the Classroom program, we used #PurposefulPlay to engage with 80 children and 30 teachers, where we in particular focused on UNSDG #10 ‘Reduced Inequalities’. The Indonesian government also outlawed Child Marriage whilst we were there, making the legal age limit for marriage 19 – a fantastic step forward and one that has been long overdue.
Our program in TuBaBa consisted of two parts – the first was working with the teachers, where we played games from our ASK for Choice curriculum to not only discuss how we could reduce inequalities as a whole but also to talk about gender discrimination. A highlight from one of the conversations was that some men in the group were saying women can’t/shouldn’t play football. One of the female participants said to the group that this was an ‘ancient and outdated’ idea and we need to move forward with the times. This was powerful as it must have taken great courage to stand up in front of people with differing opinions and share your own beliefs, which are not the current norm in her community.
The second part of the program was with the 80 children and young people – this gave Community Impact Coaches, Chester (Phillipines) and Frans (Indonesia) an opportunity to lead and run their own program with the support of CAC staff members. The valuable experience they gained from this benefit them greatly over the next 3/4 weeks as we continue traveling and running Education Outside the Classroom programs across Indonesia. Reducing Inequalities also comes in many forms, and one form is the inability to access sport due to financial restrictions and costs. This was a free, high-quality and most importantly fun program for these children, many of whom come from disadvantaged and poor backgrounds.
To round off our week we met with the leader of the Department of Education, Budiman Jaya, who was very impressed with CAC and will now look to continue to support and roll out these types of programs across the Sumatran Island.
Kicking Into Life
September 24, 2019. CAC staff member, Jamie Tomkinson, led our second year of Purposeful Play training with local partner, Palestine Sports for Life. He was also joined by Community Impact Coach, Marian Dubois, of the Fútbol Más site in Paris, France.
The CAC team have been in Palestine this last week – working in partnership with Palestine Sports for Life and Fútbol Más France, we delivered a world class programme for over 20 coaches, community leaders, government ministers and teachers from the United Nations. Taking into account the issues that affect the citizens of the West Bank, we decided to use our #PurposefulPlay curriculum to deliver a workshop that addressed UNSDG #3 ‘Health and Wellness’ and UNSDG #5 ‘Gender Equality’.
Specifically, we wanted to focus on Mental Health. Many residents of Palestine have difficulty with anxiety, conflict resolution and depression due to many factors. We played some games from our upcoming and new Mental Health Curriculum, where our discussions focused on 1) how our actions and words can affect those around us and 2) what we can do as friends, family and leaders to support not only children, but also other members of our community who are suffering in silence. The simple act of listening, for example, was mentioned many times and the importance of being approachable and simply being present, can make a massive difference.
A highlight for me was going to visit one of the participant’s local Kick-Boxing class for girls and young women. We were only supposed to be there for 45 minutes, but I found myself still there 2 and a half hours later laughing and learning – I got my own taste of #EducationOutsideTheClassroom, as these brilliant young women and girls taught me what life was like for them, how they’ve built up a commendable resilience, and with their Kick-Boxing skills, if they wanted to beat me up they’d have no problem!
Girls and Women Empowerment At Reclaim Childhood
September 17, 2019. CAC Community Impact Coach Marion Dubois from one of our European partners, Fútbol Más France writes about her experience in Jordan.
Last week, we were in Amman and we worked with the 10 coaches of Reclaim Childhood who lead after school sport programs and summer camp with girls (most of them refugees) in underserved communities in Amman and Zarqa, Jordan. All of them are women who come from the communities they work with.
During these 4 days of on-field training, the coaches put into practice the learning acquired during all their experience and this third-year CAC program. We played some new games and it was also an opportunity for them to improve their coaching and creation of games. They coached the last two days of the training to external social organization (Right to Play and Collateral Repair Project staff) who were invited for that occasion.
We also had off-field discussions where topics such as teamwork, self-confidence and also gender equity and the welcoming and integration of refugees were discussed. Some of the games played by the coaches were adapted from their personal experiences, as most of them are also refugees (from Palestine, Iraq, Syria). We had a very relevant conversation about our role as coaches to generate through #PurposefulPlay certain discussions which can provide tools for the girls to overcome trauma and improve their well-being, and how sport for social impact can help to reach the UNSDG 3 “Good health and well-being” and UNSDG 4 “Quality Education”.
Right after our visit, regular RC programs were going to start again and the coaches showed us, with the on-field practices and off-field discussions, that they will continue their amazing #
Partnerships for the GOALS
The CAC team have been in Armenia this last week, working in Partnership with the Kansas National Guard and GOALS Armenia. Using our #PurposefulPlay curriculum, we delivered a 3 day summer camp high up on the beautiful mountains of Yenokavan, in Northern Armenia for local children of military families. Our Goal for this was to focus on UNSDG #5 Gender Equality whilst also introducing #EducationOutsideTheClassroom to young people who had never experienced it before. There were 44 children in attendance with an ideal 50/50 split of girls and boys.
The summer camp was a lot of fun and using the amazing story of Brazilian international football player and role model Marta, we were able to have in-depth conversations about the harmful impact of gender roles and we also had discussions about how we can be more inclusive in our schools and communities.
The brilliant GOALS Armenia facilitators played many games from our ASK For Choice curriculum, creating fun and safe environment where the participants could share their thoughts and feelings. We also introduced a lot of team-building activities, with one participant stating “I made many friends thanks to this camp and have gained a lot of skills like how to build my confidence and work as a team.”
The Kansas National Guard were also a major part of this camp – the 4 officers played a game with the children so they could learn more about life in the army in America, and also through this game their stereotypes were challenged when they learned the officer ‘in charge’ was the female officer. A special thanks to Major Solander for not only playing a major part in helping make this camp possible, but for sharing her inspiring story of being a female in the military and the challenges she faced.
This camp was a massive success, mostly down to the fact we had three organisations, from different countries and different backgrounds, coming together to put on a world class camp for the children and young people of Armenia. This was UNSDG #17 in action.