- The Alliance
- All Stars
Duration: May 2012 - May 2013
Region: Entebbe with one project module in Gulu
From May 2012 to May 2013 The Football Club Social Alliance was engaged in Uganda. Together with SOS Children’s Village Uganda as main local partner, Scort initiated a new project following a multi-ethnic approach where young women and men from different parts of Uganda (e.g. from Gulu, Lira, Karamoja, Fort Portal, Mukono, Kampala, Entebbe) became Young Coaches.
Uganda is still among the world's poorest countries. About 50% of Ugandans are under 15 years. Many children and young people are confronted with poverty, lack of educational opportunities and perspectives. Northern Uganda suffered for more than 20 years from an armed conflict where thousands of children were forcibly recruited as child soldiers and where 1.6 million people had to live in refugee camps. Since 2006 there has been no armed conflict, but the consequences are omnipresent. Further, in north-eastern Uganda (Karamoja) there are (violent) conflicts between different ethnic groups.
For the education programme the local project partners (see below) had selected young women and men who had been working regularly in schools and aid organisations with disadvantaged children. Through the training they learnt to use football in their work with children. They can now independently plan and implement football activities (e.g. football tournaments or festivals) and use them for delivering social topics (e.g. role model function of a coach, fairness, teamwork, dealing with conflict and aggression). Experts of our local partner organisations broadened the training programme, led by the football instructors, with non-football related project topics such as “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene“ (WASH), Malaria or Children’s Right. The Novartis Malaria Initiative (www.malaria.novartis.com) donated malaria educational materials used to train our Young Coaches about malaria and how to deliver key educational messages to the children and communities that the Young Coaches work with.
Besides providing know-how to the Young Coaches the project aimed to foster the relationship between Young Coaches from different parts of Uganda. It enabeled the participants to get to know each other better and learn more about their living conditions and reduce prejudices. Thus, the project promoted the cooperation of young adults with different ethnic backgrounds, encouraged dialogues and built confidence.
Leopold Bachmann Stiftung
SOS Children’s Villages Uganda is a member of SOS-Kinderdorf International, a worldwide, independent, non-governmental social development organisation, and works with four children’s villages for the well-being, interests and rights of children.
The Welthungerhilfe, one of the largest non-governmental organisations in Germany, is committed to fight hunger and poverty in more than 40 countries with over 2,000 local employees and 115 partner organisations.
The Kids League is a non-governmental development organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through using the power of sport and recreation.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Ministry Uganda is a non-profit-organisation that cares for orphaned, abandoned and abused children.
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Uganda
Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya
Consulate of Switzerland in Uganda