Galz & Goals launches Vision 2022

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The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Galz & Goals 2018-2022 Strategic Plan was officially launched at Football House in Katutura on Wednesday morning as the programme continues to improve access football for adolescent girls and create a platform for girls to learn life skills through sport while empowering them to make healthy life choices on and off the field.

Stakeholders on Wednesday launched a Strategic Plan that will see the Galz & Goals Programme m increase the percentage of young girls aged 10 -20 playing football through mass participation from 13% to 50% by 2022 in the regions where the Programme is currently running. Currently the program has reached close to 22,000 adolescent girls by providing them the opportunity to play football and empowering them with Sport2life skills curriculum.

UNICEF Representative Rachel Odede was present at the launch and applauded NFA for the championing sports for development in Namibia by making it possible for girls to have fun playing football while at the same, ensuring that they benefit from life skills.

“Since 2009, UNICEF has been supporting NFA through the Galz and Goals, to use the medium of sport to promote good health, prevent diseases, encourage positive education outcomes, and foster social inclusion and to prevent and respond to violence against girls. We can proudly say that we are happy with the growth of the Programme, which now reaches 4000 girls from 13 regions on an annual basis.

One of the positive spin-offs of the Galz and goals Programme has been providing lifelong learning and development opportunities for girls; we celebrate the positive testimonies from girls who have gone through the program on a regular basis.

Odede encouraged the NFA to strengthen linkages with the Ministry Of Education, Arts and Culture firstly because the bulk of the girls in the Programme spend their day in schools and because of the opportunity to strengthen the life skills ede7uaction of the component 9of the Programme using the sporty2life curriculum.
The Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Services, Honorable Agnes Tjongarero said it was important for parents and adults to move away from harboring the idea that cultural ideologies are the reasons we fail to groom girls into better women. The Girl Child Programme does not only groom young girls but it grooms the future leaders of tomorrow.

Mbitjita Mungunda (18), a beneficiary of the Gals & Goals Programme was eager and excited to share her story about how the Programme has shaped her life and the lives of other young girls.

“When I started at the Centre, I was twelve (12) years old and was still trying to develop my skills as a footballer and the pressure of being a girl playing football wasn’t easy. We are bullied a lot and often called names but with the help of the Programme I have managed to deal with bullies, say no and stand up for my rights and what I believe in.
As a young girl uttering the words “No” isn’t easy as you are forced to keep up with the appearance of being cool but at the center we were taught that “not being cool” is also okay.” Said the U/20 national team midfielder.

Mungunda explained that being part of the Programme offers a number of great opportunities “We went to China for the Youth Olympics Game in 2014 and that is an experience I will never forget”.