Friday, November 5, 2010

News from Nigeria!

What with all the great blog posts on our Goal girls in India, it is high time that we posted some of the fantastic stories coming out of Goal in Nigeria!

Football is the sport of choice amongst the Goal girls in Nigeria, and Standard Chartered has been working with local NGO, the Youth Empowerment Foundation, to bring football, life and survival skills to over 230 girls in Lagos and Abuja.

This project has even caught the attention of a national newspaper in Nigeria, the Vanguard.

What kind of things is Goal doing in Nigeria?

Goal is not only improving the girls' football skills, but it is also helping some of them learn how to read and write, and teaching them about financial literacy.

The girls are being empowered to become whoever they want in life- even if it is a professional footballer playing for her country!

Peer education is also an important part of this project: the girls pass on what they learn in their weekly training sessions to their friends and family, so another 3,000 people are reached as a result!

Mrs. Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, Executive Director, YEF, has described the impact of the Goal programme as "tremoundous. . . these girls can now work as a team and have learnt that it is only as a good team player that they can become good leaders. They know those qualities they want to see in a leader and we are working with them towards acquiring some of these qualities. . . this initiative has come to stay."

Check out this article in the Vanguard to read more about Goal in Nigeria.

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