This project aims to tackle gender discriminatory attitudes and increase children’s, particularly, girls’ attendance at and engagement with school. Subsequently reducing children’s vulnerability and trafficking in children.
It utilises a "football for social impact methodology". Through the use of Sports for development curriculum, we have been working with 648 children in 12 schools and 4 districts. Specially we focused on raising awareness on the importance of gender equality, unsafe migration, dangers of child trafficking, the importance of education, increasing school enrolment and retention, and addressing discrimination against children with special focus on girls. This is being led by the teachers of the schools and youth mentors who consist of former students of the target schools who belong to the community. In the past six months, the level of participation of children, especially girls, in the target schools has increased. The youth leaders and mentors are seen to be motivated to conduct regular weekly sessions and understand the concept of sports for social impact/development, which lacked in the beginning.
Many training sessions and exposure visits have been conducted for the youth leaders and mentors. The mentors and youth leaders have also been able to adapt to situations and create their own curriculum and games to address other specific issues affecting the communities surrounding school drop-out and corporal punishment. The curriculum and games have been developed in consultation with children and community members focusing on the identified issues. Games are now being conducted every week.
We carried out an extensive research project between 2010 and 2013 in Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot into the primary cause of child trafficking within the districts. You can read our findings report by clicking here.