Girls Can Play!

Women’s soccer is on the rise – world wide – and Cameroon is no exception. In 2012, the Cameroon Women’s National Team qualified for the London Olympics for the first time in their history. Girls across the country enjoy the game as well, affirming the sport as a national pastime.

Gender Equity shapes much of what we do. In our schools, girls play just as much as boys. However, when we look outside of the school system, it becomes ever more difficult to engage girls in our programs. To address this, CFDP is currently developing a “Girls Can Play” project which will focus education and empowerment efforts entirely on girls and young women – engaging girls and training young women to facilitate programs. Our team of coaches and researchers have been developing a special curriculum and leadership training manual since early 2013 and we hope to launch a pilot project in the 2014-2015 school year. Stay tuned to learn more – or contact us if you have a passion for sport for development for ladies!

In March 2014, for the first time ever in the history of Kumba, CFDP hosted an educational football (soccer) camp for girls only. The event will be programmed to correspond with United Nation’s International Day of the Girl Child on October 8th. The event will be an invaluable opportunity for girls in Kumba to engage in productive activities which will shape their development into young women in Cameroonian society. In addition to fun soccer games and drills, girls will learn about topics like self-respect, reproductive health, gender equality, unity, and leadership.

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