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East African leaders assess delivery of Kicking AIDS Out! curriculum

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East African leaders assess delivery of Kicking AIDS Out! curriculum

At East Africa Cup (EAC) last year, Kicking Aids Out! released a guideline document to help trainers deliver the newly developed Kicking AIDS Out! curriculum. A year later, leaders from around the East Africa region meet to asses the impact it has had.

Giving leaders the opportunity to contribute feedback

The new Kicking AIDS Out! (KAO) guidelines were launched to help community leaders deliver the revised KAO curriculum, after initial feedback indicated that many may have difficulty implementing the new activities and workshops. East African leaders are the first to address the issues that have been raised from the guideline's effectiveness since its launch ay EAC last year.   

Room for creativity
Many leaders believed that the new guidelines gave implementors the opportunity to be creative! Evelyne Ajing from MYSA, said, “From using the new guidelines, many have discovered that they can actually be creative with this course and incorporate methodologies most suited for the environment you work."
 
"It shows that there is a platform beyond East Africa Cup," she continued. 

Strenthening partnerships across organisations
As representatives from the core KAO network are represented at the EAC, the tournament serves not only as a platform between sport and education, but the opportunity to share best practice and strengthen partnerships between organisations at the level of grassroots coaches. "Giving these coaches the opportunity to share their experience provides leaders with role in their region and gives them greater responsibility and ownership and the opportunity to share information at an international level. The framework of the network brings a united voice to the programmes” said Evelyne. 

Enhancing the understanding and capacity of KAO leaders
Prisca Ephater Lema has been trained through CHRISC Tanzania and this is the first workshop which has exposed her to developments in the network, as well as how other young people in the region are implementing KAO programmes.

“This assessment is very different to other training I have attended and by meeting other people, I know about the similar challenges we face and has opened my mind,” said Prisca.  

Emanuel Amos Anjule, from CHRISC Tanzania, said, “The facilitators are excellent in explaining where we can improve and sharing their knowledge of how best to say or do something.” 

Mentoring younger leaders
Selected KAO Leader Level 2s (LL2) were given the opportunity to informally assess leaders in lower levels of the KAO leadership ladder, through a series of semiars whcih addressed different aspects of the curriculum. This gave LL2s to mentor and develop the skills of other network members. 

Change is a key and inevitable outcome
George Nange from the KAO Secretariat said, “As you progress through the KAO pathway, your role begins to change. As long as you have the support of your leaders, the role of older leaders will evolve so that they are not the centre of attention. By doing this you strengthen the group and personality.”

The behavioural changes of leaders who mature in the KAO pathway were noted by Kaddu John Bosco, from CHRISC Uganda. "As I have continued to develop through KAO training, people in my community have noticed a change in the behaviours and attitiudes of the leaders I work with. I have grown through the support of my colleagues at CHRISC," he said.  

The leaders will deliver KAO sessions to all participants each morning, before players and coaches reach the field in the afternoon. 

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Mel Paramasivan

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 15:00