MoU signed to empower girls through sports participation

WINDHOEK: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in the capital on Monday, aiming to empower girls and young Namibian women through sports participation.

The MoU, which was signed between the German Football Association, the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC) and the Namibia Football Association (NFA), is meant to strengthen the level of cooperation between these institutions in the implementation of sports development programmes for girls in Namibia.

The Deutsche Geselleschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia in Germany were also part of the MoU signing ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Germany’s Ambassador to Namibia Onno Hückmann said their target is to enhance girls’ participation in sports and to help young women grow in self-confidence so that they can become good role models.

“We want to target girls in particular, because sport is often one of the few protected spaces that they can claim for free personal development,” he said, adding that particularly women football offers a great avenue for such space.

The programme is hoping to ensure the creation of safe spaces [in which] to empower girls through sports in Namibia.

An amount of N.dollars 15 million was contributed towards the programme by the German Government, and this money will be used for activities such as the construction of a girls’ sports centre in Windhoek.

The programme’s other focus is on life skills training and the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention measures.

The aim of constructing a girl’s centre is to create a safe space for girls and young women, as it will also offer accommodation facilities.

The centre will be used as an education facility, offering various sporting and theoretical activities.

Also speaking at the signing ceremony, NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro thanked the German Government for their unwavering support towards sport in Namibia.

“We want more girls to play football and to develop more talents from Namibian girls. This programme will give us an opportunity also to fight gender-based violence (GBV) in the country, and to continue to contribute towards women empowerment,” he said.

SOURCE: NAMPA