Women soccer development program launched in Dar      

20Nov 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Women soccer development program launched in Dar      

​​​​​​​KARIBU Tanzania Organization (KTO), a non-governmental organisation working as an umbrella of Folk Development Colleges (FDCs), has launched a soccer development program for young women, known as ‘Football is an Opportunity’.

Karibu Tanzania Organization (KTO) Managing Director, Majid Mjengwa (R), speaks to college principals and sports teachers from Folk Development Colleges (FDCs) at a launch of a women soccer development program, known as ‘Football is an Opportunity’, which took place in Dar es Salaam yesterday. PHOTO; CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, the organization’s director, Maggid Mjengwa, said the aim of the four-day training is to empower participants to be able to impart the game’s skills to girls in primary schools.

He said ‘Football is an Opportunity’ is a program which was found by KTO, which as well manages the program in cooperation with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

The program, he stated, is as well implemented in 43 community development colleges, including 41 institutions which are implementing the skills program for young women who have been deprived of their studies due to various reasons.

The program, according to him, also involves the handing over of various sports equipment to participating colleges.

Speaking during the event, Director of Sports Development in the Ministry Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Yusuf Singo, thanked KTO for motivating sports teachers who participated in the program.

Singo asked the teachers to successfully implement the knowledge they have gained from the training.

Director for Technical and Vocational Education Training at Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Noel Mbonde, noted: “‘Football is an Opportunity’ is a quite good program, for many years, girls have been sidelined as far as promotion of the game is concerned but we have recently seen the need for involving them in the initiative.’’

The program’s Head, Mia Mjengwa, noted:” The program has targeted to support government’s efforts to empower a woman by presenting the lady with opportunities, given football is one of employment opportunities.’’

She said: ‘’We also gear towards seeing to it the woman knows her rights.’’

Some of the participants disclosed participation in sports boosts girls’ confidence, as well as giving her courage to deal with such vices like sexual harassment and others.

They thanked the KTO for hosting the training and promised to effectively implement the skills they have gained in the training.