We use football to unite people and bring about social change within communities. Football is a “universal language” and its broad appeal is an entry-point to engage children. Joyful and fun activities help the children to become aware of important hygiene practices, for example, washing hands. Competitions and prizes help to motivate and engage the children and schools.
A training manual has been developed and conceived by Watoto Wasoka Foundation (a local charity based in Kampala slums) & Viva con Agua Germany. This is a fun illustrated soccer-themed handbook designed for any individual, group or organisation interested in using F4W as an educational tool, including teachers, coaches & young leaders.
It includes a step-by step explanation of how to conduct sessions – games that youth can play to learn positive hygiene and water usage habits, as well as advice on how to integrate the sessions within a bigger project framework, transforming attitudes and behavior through joyful learning.
We are now adapting the approach for South Africa in partnership with the Bulungula Incubator in the Eastern Cape and Young Bafana in Somerset West, Western Cape Province.