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East Africa Cup emphasizes the importance of education


East Africa Cup emphasizes the importance of education

Journalist Nick Raistrick recently worked alongside the East Africa Cup and reflects upon his own experiences learning the value of education.

The East Africa Cup (EAC) is an annual youth football tournament for boys and girls aged 12-16 held in Moshi, Kilimanjaro-Tanzania.

The goal of the tournament is to not only have fun playing soccer, but to also provide health education, engage youth in social responsibility, enhance moral values, address gender issues, and train youth to be leaders.

In the article, Raistrick reflects upon his own dreams as a youth to become a professional footballer and is thankful that education provided him with a realistic chance to succeed, because despite his wishes he was never skilled enough to play professionally.

Raistrick emphasizes that the EAC seeks to teach children the importance of education at an early age. He remarks, “What some people don't perhaps realise is that the teams who are involved in the EAC need to show a year round commitment to using sport in their community: and this means education. Whether it's learning about conflict resolution, HIV and AIDS awareness, first aid or leadership skills making sure that you people learn more than football is at the heart of what we do.”

He encourages those interested in sport for development to contact his online journalism and media skills courses which are aimed at journalists and people who use media to communicate the efforts of their organization.

With these courses one can learn how to more effectively convey their organization’s message and gain support from the global community.

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Marvin Smith


Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 23:00

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