Dedza, United Purpose (UP) formerly known as Concern Universal on Saturday engaged girls from Traditional Authority (TA) Chauma, Dedza in netball tournament.
The tournament which is under UP’s Girls inspired project was conducted at Mbirima Primary School and girls from Chisenga and Nkhumbwa villages battled out on the court.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Project Manager for UP’s Girls inspired, Yamikani Flao said their aim of the tournament is to use netball as a way of inspiring the girls by giving them advocacy as one way for them to have a better future.
This is a community based project which is aimed at empowering girls as leaders and today was all about them showcasing their leadership skills and currently we are in the pilot phase of the program but as you can see the girls have already started building self-confidence and they had fun as girls, she said.
Flao added that, We have girls from 10-14 years and 14-18 years who are involved in this project and currently they have been learning for almost three months. We know that sports plays a role in the mental health of girls and also helps in building intrinsic values like being a team player, resilience and the spirit of never giving up which are essential in life.
She said this was to ensure that as the girls are playing in the tournament their parents should also be aware of the issue of nutrition for them to have healthy lives.
One of the girls who participated in the tournament, Tadala Matambo said that she has been learning a lot from the programme especially from the role models who have speaking to them saying she is now more focused on her goals.
At first I was only living life as usual but these days ever since I started attending this project now I know what I want to do with my life. The role models who have been talking to us have really helped us to have a sense of direction with our lives, she said.
The tournament was spiced up by drama performances and display of some food products under UP’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project made from locally available products.
Source: MANA Online