Boost for Galz & Goals – UNICEF gives N$1.6m to Namibia Football Association

Windhoek – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last week signed a N$1.6 million agreement with the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for the advancement of the Galz & Goals Project.

A media statement issued on Sunday said this money will be used in the final two years of the developmental programme to consolidate the gains achieved over the past years and promote the continuity of a similar programme that empowers adolescent girls.

This will be done through a series of activities aimed at accelerating realisation of the rights of children in health, education, protection and adolescents’ development and participation.

The programme, which has seen 18 000 girls taking part since 2009, forms part of the NFA’s Women’s Football Development and Administration.

It is aimed at engaging adolescent girls between 10 and 19 years in social behaviour change programmes, particularly on a healthy lifestyle awareness of HIV and Aids through sports for development.

The agreement was signed by NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro, and UNICEF Namibia Representative, Micaela Marques De Sousa.

“The improvement on monitoring and evaluation resources is also covered to better determine the impact of the programme on outcomes like behavioural change, HIV and Aids education and the number of girls and coaches that take part in the programme,” said Rukoro.

UNICEF will increase its contribution from N$900 000 for a period of two years to the current N$1.6 million over two years, with activities also increasing throughout the country.

For the new Galz & Goals season, two new football leagues will be introduced in the Zambezi and Oshana Regions in March 2017.

The funding will also cover a refresher course for the football and Sport2Life training programmes in all 14 regions.

The NFA Galz &Goals programme will this season alone cater for 4 000 adolescent girls to participate in the Under-13 (U-13), U-15, U-17 and U-20 leagues in Oshana, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Kavango West, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Erongo, Khomas, Hardap and //Kharas regions. – Nampa

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