Location and general information
The ongoing conflict in Cameroon’s northwestern and southwestern regions has affected over 900,000 children, many of whom have been exposed to violence as well as the risk of family separation, exploitation, and abuse. Approximately 85% of schools have closed. Most of the children concerned have missed out on several years of schooling, and many have been separated from their parents and communities after fleeing fighting. To overcome the challenges they face, children need safe spaces to play, recover from trauma and regain psychosocial stability. This project will use sport to provide these safe spaces, and as an entry point for the children to heal, develop life skills and improve their resilience and well-being.
The aim of this project is to provide psychosocial support for 4,990 children through sport, to improve their psychosocial well-being and resilience.
Both in-school and out-of-school children will be enrolled in the project and participate in weekly sports and games along with psychosocial support (PSS), counselling and life skills development. The project seeks to be inclusive, so the sports activities and PSS/life skills sessions have been tailored to different ages, genders and disabilities.
Teachers, community coaches and youth leaders will be trained to lead the sports and PSS sessions, and refer any children who are in need of specialised child protection or therapy services. Each school and community will be provided with a package of sports equipment, such as footballs, bibs and cones. By supporting schools and community centres, and training teachers and community leaders to lead the sessions, we expect the sports and PSS sessions to continue at community level even after the UEFA project ends.
- Provide PSS and life skills through sports to school children affected by conflict and displacement.
- Provide PSS and life skills through sport to out-of-school teenagers affected by conflict and displacement.
- Build the capacity of teachers and community stakeholders to promote children’s rights and strengthen protection mechanisms in their communities.
- Reduce protection risks and strengthen menstrual hygiene management for out-of-school teenage girls.
- Training community-based coaches, teachers and youth leaders in coaching skills, PSS, child protection and safeguarding
Ten community-based coaches, 16 teachers and 6 youth leaders will be trained over the course of two days to lead the sports and PSS sessions, as well as educated on key child protection and child safeguarding issues.
- Provision of sports and play equipment for schools and communities
The schools/community centres will be provided with sports and play equipment to be used during the weekly sessions. This will include footballs, handballs, plastic balls, skipping ropes, bibs and whistles – all of which will be used in a variety of international and local games and sports activities.
- Provision of weekly sports and PSS sessions for 4,240 in-school children and 750 out-of-school children
Every week, the coaches will lead sports and PSS sessions for the children, supported by the trained teachers or youth leaders. Alongside games and sports activities, the coaches will provide PSS and life-skills sessions (on topics such as health, general hygiene, menstrual hygiene, children’s rights, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership) to help the youngsters overcome trauma and build resilience. The sessions will be held at selected schools (integrated into the school day) and at community centres. A total of 4,990 children will take part, at least 50% of whom will be girls. It is expected that 50% of the children participating will be internally displaced persons as a result of the current crisis, and 25% will be children separated from their parents through displacement.
- Distribution of dignity kits for protection and menstrual hygiene management to out-of-school teenage girls
In recognition of the particular vulnerability of teenage girls, dedicated sessions will build their knowledge of their rights and protection mechanisms available. These sessions will include information on menstrual hygiene management and sexual and reproductive health. Out-of-school teenage girls will be provided with dignity kits to allow them to maintain hygiene and respect and also to offer protection.
- Ten community coaches, 16 teachers and six youth leaders (50% female) have improved knowledge of coaching skills, PSS skills, child protection and safeguarding.
- Eight schools and three community centres are provided with a package of sports and play equipment.
- 4,990 children (at least 50% girls) participate in weekly sports and PSS sessions.
- 375 out-of-school teenage girls are provided with dignity kits and have improved knowledge of their rights, health and hygiene.