Project supported by IM Youth Foundation
Despite a 31 % increase of the human development index in Ghana over the last few years, more than 73% of the young live in poor conditions and have to cope with unemployment, poverty, early pregnancies, addiction to drugs and/or substances, alcoholism and a shortage of high-quality education. The district has indeed, recorded 520 pregnancies in 2019, 105 of which ending in unsupervised abortions and causing the death, a frightening fact, of a number of teenage girls whose futures have been undermined. Drug and substance abuse and alcoholism are also a concern in the district among youngsters aged 15 to 16. A big number of young male addicts and alcoholics have finally become school drop-outs looking for low-paid to earn a living and keep their lifestyles.
In such a context, Impact Youth Foundation is committed to working with the local authorities and bringing economic and social changes into Shai-Osudoku District using this sporting initiative focused on a health (physical, mental and gender) training and on access to any vocational formation opportunities.
- Providing structured and fun activities that will positively mobilise the young and reduce both the social vices and challenges they face.
- Endowing the young with skills and knowledge conducive to qualification and employability
- Providing job opportunities through sport and volunteering
- Fostering partnerships for a sustained growth and influencing long-term policies
- Training workshops for young coaches and mentors into “Impact Makers” methods and mobilisation of active agents of change acting as ambassadors in the various targeted schools
- Practice and initiation sessions in football, basketball, volleyball, etc. in favour of the young
- Workshops and sensitisation campaigns on health education, STIs, early pregnancies, drug and substance abuse, etc.
- Periodical organisation of community sport camps capable of hosting over 110 youngsters (55% males and 45% females) and establishment of interschool tournaments and contests
- Training the young on vocational skills and creation of opportunities to foster their employability
- Over 651 teenage and young boys and girls (10 to 20 year-olds) in the district shall be engaged in extra-curricular (training in sexual health) and sporting (football, basketball, volleyball and table tennis) activities
- Youngsters over 15, in particular women, shall participate in a training programme in sports and daily life skills and shall be sent to various communities and schools in their community to work as coaches and mentors
- 40 % decrease in the number of unwanted pregnancies among teenage girls in the district’s basic schools by 2023
- Better study completion rates, increased participation of girls in collective sports and increased engagement of the young in the district’s sustainable development.