Project supported by Sport-Aid Development Trust
Zambia’s population is young, with 65% under the age of 25, and 52% under the age of 18. Some of these young people are forced to drop out of school due to economic hardship and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Young women are more likely than young men not to complete their education. As a result, it is more difficult for them to find a job, the proportion of young people without employment, education or training is 37.3% for men and 48.2% for women (World Bank, 2018). The national survey on the use of financial services (Finscope, 2020) revealed that men were in better financial health (14.2%) compared to women (13.1%).
Thus, the project led by Sport-Aid Development Trust aims to reduce these gender disparities by combining football with financial and entrepreneurship training.
- To improve girls’ self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness
- To develop girls and young women entrepreneurship leadership and employability skills
- To get investment capital into the hands of girls/young women entrepreneurs
- To build mentors and entrepreneurship that will influence positive values
- Training in Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship
- Education sessions using football drills
- Provision of revolving funds
- Mentorship and incubation
- Group strengthen and formation
- Football festivals
- Production of IEC (Information, Education, and Communication) materials awareness
- Girls and young women will have the capacity to manage successful and profitable businesses
- Women and Girls investment will create social-economic change and more female leaders by 2022
- Girls will not drop school as they can pay for their school fees, sanitary pads, and groceries
- More girls and young women are being empowered and become financially independent by 2022
- Girls and young women will adapt to COVID-19 guidelines by adopting digital platforms to conduct their businesses
The cost of the project is €110,420.