Sport makes you smart

Sport keeps you fit, makes you happy and improves your ability to concentrate and therefore to learn. Sport also contributes to the development of societies, as it reduces the burden on the healthcare system and strengthens cohesion and peace. Discrimination and exclusion in particular can also be addressed through sport in a playful way. That is why PROBONO has set itself the goal of promoting sports and exercise at our partner schools in Tanzania. In doing so, we focus in particular on overcoming gender-based discrimination and strengthening inclusive sports education approaches.

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In addition to equipping the schools with sports equipment, which is generally lacking almost everywhere, we therefore conducted several three-day training courses for teachers in 2023 in cooperation with our Tanzanian partner organization Future Stars Academy. This is because almost all schools in Tanzania do not have trained sports teachers.

The workshops dealt with the question of how good training is structured, but also with topics such as gender equality, child protection and health/injury prevention. The emphasis on team spirit in the workshops is also intended to promote cooperation between members of the school community and tackle hate and discrimination.

A total of 62 teachers from 31 primary and secondary schools took part in the training courses in Mwanga, Arusha and Moshi. The feedback from the teachers showed that what they learned about coaching in the workshops can also be used in other subject lessons. Just like in netball or soccer, every child has different abilities and talents when it comes to learning thus needs to be addressed accordingly by all teachers. In addition, good and precise instructions and examples as well as a clear structure are needed not only on the sports field, but also in the classroom. In this way, sports promotion contributes in many ways to the achievement of SDG 4 "Quality Education".

It is now the task of the participating teachers to provide a pedagogical and structural framework for the subject “Sports and Games” at their schools. Therefore, it was particularly important to bring together and network teachers who are passionate about sport. Until now, various synergy effects have already resulted. For example, the PROBONO partner schools in Arusha, together with Future Stars Academy, organized a football and netball tournament for primary and secondary schools following the training, in which over 480 pupils took part. The winners of the soccer tournament (Kaloleni Secondary School and Amani Primary School) were then nominated to take part in the Chipkizi Cup, the largest youth and grassroots football tournament in East Africa. The girls’ soccer team from Edmund Rice Secondary School was also invited to the LaLiga East Africa Cup.

All this is also only possible thanks to your donations!

For further intensive coaching of teachers, we still need more financial support! We also aim to build sports facilities at several schools, establish a school soccer league for girls and hold sports advocacy events in order to spread messages against discrimination and for equal rights. 

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Children from Frankfurt run for sports fields in Mwanga

Sport connects across continents: With a charity run, students from the Engelbert-Humperdinck School in Frankfurt made it possible for their partner school in Tanzania to build a soccer field and a netball court. A great thing for the girls and boys at Mramba Primary School!

And also a contribution to inclusion: Because the school is one of the few institutions in Tanzania where deaf children are also taught. Joint sports promote cohesion and joint learning. There was already a lot of fun at the inauguration of the new sports fields. To the great pleasure of the children, teachers also played.

Thanks to the Engelbert-Humperdinck-School!