Sport connects

How do children become strong through sport?

Jambo Bukoba uses sport as a path to hope and a way to open doors: Children and young people experience what they can achieve with sport – by virtue of their own efforts and, above all, together in a team. Most of them know these basics:

Be in motion. Keep your eye on the goal. Feel energy. Don’t put up with everything. Demonstrate cohesion. Defend your own goal. Show discipline. Accept rules. Know limits. Learn to lose. Stick together. Be bold. Have fun. Attack upfront. Strive to win. Score a goal. Celebrate. Find your own voice. Feel power. Be happy as a team. Hand-in-hand. Whether a boy or girl. Believe everything is possible. Be motivated. Act with self-confidence. Take initiative.

The concept of “Life Skills Through Games” to support children through life

The sports and development expert Sebastian Rockenfeller developed the “Life Skills Through Games” concept 2010 with the support of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Jambo Bukoba and tested the concept in Bukoba.

The German Sport University Cologne (DSHS) then became an academic partner. Since then, many DSHS students have assessed Jambo Bukoba’s work in Tanzania and provided valuable reference points for further development within the framework of their dissertations and internships.

The UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) paid tribute to Jambo Bukoba’s work in 2012 with a letter of recommendation.

Sports teachers as messengers for healthy living

In the five-day training “Life Skills through Games”, sports teachers learn methodology and games that help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and further develop the social and physical skills of their pupils. True to the motto: “Development through sport”.

The focus is holistic education where a healthy body also depends on a healthy mind. Thoughts about performance and competition fade into the background.

The main objective of the workshop is to learn how sport can be used to:

  • Improve self-esteem, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Teach responsibility, respect and discipline and therefore contribute to social change

Of course, general educational content such as planning and building a sports class or the behaviour of the teacher play a role.

The training programme is the basis for Jambo Bukoba’s work in the region around the town of Bukoba. The teacher’s manual “Life Skills Through Games – A Teacher’s Guide” supplements and documents the workshop which last several days. It is the first bilingual sports textbook: written in English as well as in the national language Swahili!

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