We are working with international NGO Right to Play at our Kabanga nickel project in Tanzania. Right to Play drives social change through sport and play.
Our nickel project in Tanzania is a major supporter of Right To Play, an NGO that uses sport and play programmes to help children and communities improve their health, develop life skills and foster peace. Together, we have identified three specific goals for this region:
- To increase knowledge of road safety among children and youth
- To increase children’s positive associations with school
- To increase knowledge on health issues throughout the community
To date, 8,360 children, 148 junior leaders, 89 coaches, 1,000 parents and community members and 17 schools in the communities of Rulenge, Bukiriro, Muganza, Bugarama and Murusagamba in the Ngara District have participated in Right to Play initiatives. Our $120,000 investment is beginning to pay off in ways that cannot be calculated.
Increased school attendance: Teachers have reported that the provision of sport equipment and regular sport and play activities in schools has not only increased attendance figures but improved student-teacher relationships. Mumilamila Primary School has seen attendance increase from 61% to 68% during the last quarter of 2013. Nyabihanga Primary School reports that children who used to attend only occasionally are now in class more regularly to participate in Right to Play activities.
Increased knowledge of road safety: Sport tournaments and play days organised through community youth clubs have provided an avenue for discussions on road safety issues, including limiting passengers, obeying speed limits and using protective equipment like helmets. Right to Play collaborated with the Rulenge police to educate over 1,000 community members on appropriate road use, including how to cross the road, interpreting road signs and precautions on the road.
Increased knowledge on health issues: During World AIDS Day over 1,200 community members acquired the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV transmission, and found out where to seek treatment and support if HIV positive.
Right to Play’s child protection programme, which focuses on developing action plans to safeguard children’s rights within each ward, trained 25 members of the Child Protection Team (CPT). CPT members include the police, ward officers, medical personnel and community development officers. 3 Kabanga team members also attended the training sessions. CPT members selected teachers of trust from each partner school to whom kids can freely report issues and confide their concerns. These teachers will also assist in establishing child protection clubs in their schools.