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UNESCO report highlights Grassroot Soccer as an example of an effective HIV response programme

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UNESCO report highlights Grassroot Soccer as an example of an effective HIV response programme

The potential role of sport in reaching development objectives has been highlighted by the inclusion of Grassroot Soccer in a recent UNESCO report.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised Grassroot Soccer as an example of an effective programme in HIV response. The 2012 Education For All Global Monitoring Report analyses how skills development can be used more effectively to improve the prospects for young people to access better jobs and a higher quality of life.

A section of the report discusses the importance of life skills education in talking HIV and AIDS. After discussing the role of schools in this process, the report points out the limitations of the formal educational system:

School-based programmes do not reach some of those most at risk: those no longer in school. Also, where teaching about sexuality and HIV and AIDS in school is highly sensitive or taboo, programmes outside school may be the only means of getting knowledge and life skills education to young people.”

This is an area where educational programmes run in conjunction with sporting activities can be particularly effective: filling in gaps left by the school system and reaching those without access to formal education.

The report goes on to mention Grassroot Soccer as an example of an organisation that’s doing this effectively, citing the sustainability of its programmes as a result of the involvement of local organisations and the fact that Grassroot Soccer graduates are encouraged to act as educators, spokespeople and advocates in their communities.

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Friday, November 2, 2012 - 00:00