From October 2-5th, SWB Uganda leaders Raphael Murumbi, Olivier Matanda, Jean-Christophe Moran, Katy Nagy and Sara Chehrehsa partcipated in streetfootballworld's first ever East Africa Members forum in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference brought together 13 organizations that are using soccer for social development in the region, and provided a great opportunity for SWB Uganda leaders to learn, grow and share. Below are some highlights and pictures from the week. We are very grateful to host Esperance and streetfootball world for organizing this great event!
Today, Rapha, Olivier, Jean-Christophe, Sara, and Katy met in Kigali for the start of the Street Football World Network’s East Africa Meeting and Forum. The day’s events included the opening of the Kimisagara Football for Hope Center. The center was built for an NGO in Kimisagara, Association de Jeunes Sportifes de Kigali (“Esperance”) as part of FIFA’s 2010 World Cup social initiative to build 20 Football For Hope Centers throughout Africa. Featured guest speakers included Rwanda’s Minister of Sport and Culture, representatives from FIFA and Street Football World, the German ambassador to Rwanda, and the president of the Rwanda Football Federation. A match was played on the new 40 x 20 meter turf pitch that was part of the Football for Hope Center. The day concluded with a reception that all participants enjoyed as they watched a concert with the community. Tomorrow begins the workshops on anti-violence.
Today was the first full day of the Street Football World conference in Kigali. After an introductory meeting, the young leaders (Olivier, Jean-Christophe, Sara, and Katy) separated from the directors (Rapha). In the Young Leaders group, we discussed Football Amahoro (football for peace), or Football3, and the process that Esperance, the host organization, utilizes to impact the communities in which it works. Football3 is a method for using football (soccer) to reach youth and engage in discussions about important issues such as violence and conflict—specifically relevant to the region in which the tournament/football3 program operates. After discussing the Football3 theory, the young leaders applied the concepts of the Football3 program, including skits, discussions, and play. The Football3 play introduced methods of insuring fair play and gender equality. Each 6 vs. 6 Football3 match required the two teams to field 3 girls and 3 boys at all times. Other concepts of Football3 are that only goals scored by girls count, and the final score is determined by the football outcome, the skits performed, and a quiz that is given after the match. During the day, the directors presented about the work that their organizations do in an effort to prevent violence. In the evening, they joined the Football3 program. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and productive day for all SWB representatives. The conference is providing the opportunity for the development of many mutually beneficial relationships between SWB Uganda and the other members of the Street Football World Network. We are excited to see what tomorrow brings!
Friday, October 5th was the last day of the Street Football World Conference in Kigali. The day consisted of various discussions and presentations about anti-violence through football. Each of the network members, including Soccer without Borders, presented on their organization and the way anti-violence is achieved through their programs. Raphael gave a very good presentation about SWB Uganda, explaining the way SWB’s five core activities promote peace. Olivier took part in a demonstration of Football Forum Theatre, and later in the day he presented his story about the way football influenced his life. Thanks to Street Football World for inviting us to this conference! We all learned a great deal about the other network members and will certainly use this experience to better serve SWB’s community. We are looking forward to hosting a football3 tournament in the near future!