CAC Shortlisted At Beyond Sport 2020
We are honored to be shortlisted for the Sport for Health and Well-being Award (SDG 3) Category at the 2020 Beyond Sport Global Awards! Our Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights initiative with Pathfinder International has been selected by Beyond Sport as one of just 16 shortlisted initiatives (from over 270 applications). This year, as there will be no in-person Beyond Sport Awards they will be promoting the Shortlist through a digital communications campaign that will run from September through to early December. We are thankful to Beyond Sport for this opportunity to champion our work to a wide audience. We are excited about the upcoming Beyond Sport House online events taking place from October-November.
This is our 6th Beyond Sport shortlist. In 2009 we won the Best New Project Award. In 2014 we won the Corporate of the Year award for our Chevrolet partnership. In 2018 we won the Global Impact award.
For more information on our partnership with Pathfinder International please have a look at this blog about our partnership launch and this blog about the impact of our work addressing Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights in Tanzania.
SuperHero, Elvis Nshimba
After a two week break, our 2020 on-field delivery returned last week and we were delighted to work with our long-term CIC, Elvis Nshimba, in the community of Kalebuka, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Elvis Nshimba reminds us of a SuperHero. In the community of Kalebuka, he is one of the many superstars of our partners Malaika. Malaika provide free primary and secondary education to over 300 girls, run a successful community centre and have recently installed and refurbished 19 wells in their local community – ensuring that over 30,000 people have access to clean drinking water. Amidst this force of change, Elvis spent years building his career as an English teacher and as his skills grew, so did his responsibilities. So much so, that his ‘day job’ is now as part of the Executive Team where he oversees the programmes and the evaluation of initiatives throughout the school.
And like any superhero, Elvis has an alter ego. He is one of the world’s leading #PurposefulPlay Educators! A Community Impact Coach since 2014, Elvis’ energy and enthusiasm are infectious and participants in his training sessions always want more. Elvis has impacted over 10,000 children in his time with CAC, running programmes in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and most recently, running his own #EducationOutsideTheClassroom programme in the DRC.
With CAC’s support, Elvis delivered a world class programme for teachers, coaches and educators – providing mentorship around Covid-19 safety, CAC SAFE and gender equality.
Mental Well-Being With Commonwealth Moves
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic CAC is honoured to have joined forces with Commonwealth Moves, an initiative of The Commonwealth Secretariat, to address Mental Well-Being in youth. We collaborate to create a play-based resource and supplementary information document both of which can be accessed through this link. This resource is free to use by sport for development practitioners, coaches, managers, and organizations globally.
– In a recent survey 96% of Coaches Across Continents (CAC) partners reported the mental well-being of youth they impact has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
– With the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat, CAC has created a specialised play-based educational resource covering issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, balancing emotions, stress, and loneliness.
– The games shared are adaptable to varying numbers of participants and national restrictions (distancing, hygiene, one-person activity). As a result it can be used in contexts where isolation, social distancing and public hygiene measures are necessary.
– The supplementary resource offers guidelines and recommendations on vital topics associated with mental well-being such as: Online Safeguarding and Protection of Children, Connecting Virtually, and Monitoring and Evaluation of the resource.
DREAMS In Nairobi
August 5th 2020. This last week CAC has been back On-fFeld, as we look to resume our programming after COVID-19 brought a halt to our Instruct schedule. Community Impact Coach David Mulo of Green-Kenya led the delivery, working in partnership with Beyond Hoops Africa and DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, AIDS-free, Mentored and SAFE).
Over the last several months, CAC has been in discussions with key partners and communities around the world, planning and waiting patiently to resume Education Outside the Classroom. One of those partners is Beyond Hoops Africa, a Nairobi based charity who use basketball to change peoples lives in and around the slums. Through these conversations we were introduced to DREAMS, and we learnt about 30 young mothers who have aspirations of being entrepreneurs. Thus, we created a programme that included COVID-19 education but also one with a large focus on financial literacy.
Through play, all 30 of the participants said they now felt more comfortable with the varying aspects of financial literacy and they now better understand COVID-19 and how to better protect themselves and others.
Our New Normal
23rd July 2020. After the COVID-19 global pandemic halted all On-Field education in 2020, Coaches Across Continents and our partners have been eagerly awaiting our return to Purposeful Play across the world – and on July 21st it was fitting that Nico Achimpota of Tanzania would lead the way.
This week was our return to On-Field programming, after a hiatus of 128 days due to the still on-going world pandemic. We have made some changes to our on-field delivery to comply with local and international guidelines, for example we are 1) seeking permission from local authorities in advance and making them aware we will be hosting training, 2) supporting our partners to provide washing stations and face masks to participants and 3) capping the number of participants at each programme to 30 to ensure we can safely distance whenever possible.
Whilst many countries are unfortunately still battling Covid-19, Tanzania has managed to return to their ‘new normal’ as of June 28th and have had no new reported cases since the 8th of May*. Tanzania is also a special place for CAC – we held our first programme there in 2008 and it is home to our first Community Impact Coach, Nico Achimpota.
In this case it was rather special then, that our first Purposeful Play programme in over four months was delivered by Nico in CAC’s home away from home. Nico delivered a three day Education Outside the Classroom training, which consisted of COVID-19 response, Child Rights and Environmental education, all using CAC’s curriculum and methodology.
CAC and our partners are in a unique situation, where the new normal will look different across all of the countries we partner in. It’s important we continue to work with our local leaders and experts, to deliver safe, fun and effective learning to the communities who need it most.
*accurate as of 10am 23/7/20
Nike & CAC Expand Partnership
Congratulations to our partners Nike on being a finalist for the Corporate Community Impact Award at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards. They were a finalist for their Nike Community Ambassador program, which utilizes a CAC-designed curriculum and methodology, to give Nike store employees around the world the opportunity to share their love of sport with the next generation. Last year more than 5,400 store employees in 24 countries served as Nike Community Ambassadors, volunteering as coaches in their local communities to help get kids playing so they can reach their full potential. The Awards took place in conjunction with the 2020 ESPYS on June 21st.
We are delighted to announce that CAC is now working with Nike to provide urgent relief while creating a long term educational pathway for children to stay safe in these incredibly challenging times. This is the first program which addresses play-based education during COVID-19 in addition to emergency needs.
Thanks to Nike’s support CAC and our partners working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Colombia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines will be provided funding for the items their communities need including food, soap, face masks, and essential items. Leaders from our partner programs in these countries will be given the resources they need to find creative ways to use play to address the pandemic. In addition, partners in 5 other countries will be given our play-based educational resources to encourage their beneficiaries to stay physically active and mentally well.
Our COVID-19 response partnership with Nike has provided essential funding to community-based organizations to distribute vital goods to the community while building a long-term educational pathway for youth. For example:
In Indonesia Uni Papua FC are distributing rice and masks to at-risk families while providing football-based educational sessions about preventing the spread of COVID-19.
In Philippines FundLife are distributing food and female hygiene packs while designing safe play-based educational sessions which will focus on mental-well being of youth when restrictions allow.
In Colombia Niñas sin Miedo are distributing hygiene items and antibacterial gel while delivering educational sessions to girls focused on how to support each other during lock down.
In India Slum Soccer are providing ration and hygiene kit to 40 underserved families in Nagpur while delivering their ‘Be Careful, Not Fearful’ play-based program which teach youth about issues such as social distancing, hand-washing, and fact-based decision-making.
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