July 19, 2013. Yesterday marked the official launch of the GOAL program in Tanzania. Sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, the launch of GOAL Tanzania was a tremendous spectacle with impressive entertainment and highlighted by the speech from the honorable Dr. Fenera Mkangara, the Tanzanian Minster of Information Youth, Culture, and Sport. Introduced by Liz Lloyd, the CEO of Standard Chartered Tanzania, Dr. Fenera Mkangara spoke to the hundreds of school children and assembled media about the importance of the GOAL program for Tanzania. She stressed the importance and need to increase the participation of girls in sport, and that, “sports is a strong linkage and important in raising children and the development of the nation at large and can improve child health and develop their studies.”
Championed by Standard Chartered, the GOAL program teaches young boys and girls social lessons through football-based games over four main modules: Be Healthy, Be Empowered, Be Yourself, and Be Money Savvy. Earlier in the week 64 teachers, coaches and Standard Chartered employees from the Dar es Salaam area went through an intensive training program to learn and be able to teach twenty GOAL games. They will now implement these games with boys and girls in their respective schools who are aged 9-14. The impact in Dar es Salaam alone is expected to approach 10,000 students.
The launch moment came after a fun-filled day that included a DJ, dancers, a contortionist, a performer with a 15-foot snake, stilt-walkers, and a short demonstration of one of the GOAL games which included participation by Dr. Mkangara, Ms. Lloyd, and Rehema Tunzo the Headmistress of Zanaki Secondary School where the festivities took place. Shortly thereafter the trio walked down the red carpet to cut a ceremonial ribbon under a shower of confetti to mark this monumental moment. Make sure to check out our facebook page to see albums from both the Launch Day and the Teachers Training.
The CAC team of Brian Suskiewicz and Tanzanian Community Impact Coach Nicolaus Achimpota now head to Arusha and Mwanza to train even more teachers in this valuable program.