TackleAfrica informs, supports and challenges young Africans to make safer decisions, limiting the impact of HIV in their communities. The charity trains and supports African football peer educators, teachers and youth leaders to become coaches and delivers interactive HIV education through football coaching sessions to youth in their communities. Their interactive game-based approach means that all the learning takes place on the pitch in a way that the youth are able to enjoy, and perform better. It also attracts people who are often hard to reach with health messages. By training football coaches and other youth workers to become health educators, this approach adds sustainable value to an existing youth engagement structure.
With the support from the Chalker Foundation for Africa, TackleAfrica will partner with the Girls Empowerment Network Malawi (GENET) to train and support peer educators to deliver football coaching sessions with inbuilt health education messages to girls in their communities.
From among the 5,000 young Malawian girls in GENET’s network, the charity will initially train twenty girls to become health-through-sport educators. TackleAfrica will create a supportive and safe place for girls to learn about and discuss sensitive issues with friends, coaches and teammates. Each peer educator will be trained and supported to deliver a comprehensive and tailored curriculum of 30 sessions to a group of twenty of their peers over a twelve month period. These adolescent girls will then be able to support and empower 400 of their peers to protect themselves from HIV and related sexual/reproductive health issues.
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