How do children become strong through sport?

Jambo Bukoba uses sport as a means to build 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 principles like:

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 in Cologne (DSHS) became an academic partner. Since then, many DSHS students have engaged in activities of Jambo Bukoba 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.

Sebastian Rockenfeller, Sports and development expert - Sport University Cologne

Sports teachers as messengers for healthy living

In the five-day training dubbed “Life Skills through Games”, sports teachers learnt 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 a holistic education to prove the fact that a healthy body also depends on a healthy mind.

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

  • Improve self-esteem, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Responsible teaching coupled with respect and discipline to contribute to social change

The teachers were made to understand that their approaches and composure play a significant role aside the general educational content but also planning and organizing a sports class.

This training programme was 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” supplemented the workshop which last several days. It is the first bilingual sports textbook: written in English as well as in the national language Swahili!