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Goal Programme transforms girls’ lives: a qualitative evaluation of the Goal Programme

Author: Falak Choksi
Copyrights: Naz Foundation (India) Trust

Goal Programme transforms girls’ lives: a qualitative evaluation of the Goal Programme

This is the story of one of the 25.000 participants, peer leaders and community sports coaches whose life has transformed through the Goal Programme since the Naz Foundation (India) Trust started the programme in 2005.

‘When I joined the Goal Programme, I could not look strangers in the eye. Now I train 100 adolescent girls'says one of the 25.000 participants, peer leaders and community sports coaches whose life has transformed through the Goal Programme since the Naz Foundation (India) Trust started the programme in 2005. In a study, that was conducted in 2015 and recently published,  the reserchers conclude that the Goal Programme has played a significant role in enhancing self esteem, leadership and communication skills of participants, peer leaders and community sports coaches in the Goal Programme.

The researchers, Ranjani K. Murthy and Pallavi Gupta, acknowledge that netball is a crucial component of the Goal Programme and an efficient tool to achieve development outcomes among adolescent girls. The report shows that sport increases opportunities for girls and challenges gender stereotypes. The respondents show an increase in knowledge and attitude on gender issues while 61% of the community sports coaches have taken action on Gender Based Violence.

The study further gives recommendations on strengthening, expanding and increasing the impact of the programme. It advises Naz India to develop a training and research center, to link the programme up with government schemes and influence policy on adopting the Goal Programme or including components of the Programme in government curricula.

Kalyani Subramanyam, Programme Director Naz India: ’We are thankful for this honest evaluation and strong report. The study has brought out some very valuable recommendations and Naz India is committed to addressing them. Some steps have already been initiated such as engaging boys through the One Nation Netball Club, delivering additional sessions to peer leaders and community sports coaches and  developing a strong referral network for counselling and support services.’

The report is an interesting read for everyone interested in sport for development, effective programmes for adolescent girls and for donors, partners, NGO’s and media.

Download the full report here.

Contact naz@nazindia.org for more information.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 01:00