Kick4Life resumes on-field health education
Over 100 young people from SOS Children's Villages and Noble High School have graduated from Kick4Life's Good Health & Climate Action through Football Curriculum, as normal on-field programming resumed.
The programme provides holistic and integrated health education, covering HIV prevention, hygiene & sanitation, nutrition and mental health, as well as developing key life-skills and values for upholding health such as resilience, gender equality and decision-making. Climate Action is another key feature of the course, reflecting the health impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities, and promoting mitigating action such as water preservation and protection of biodiversity.
Programme Manager, Mbulelo Mochochoko, said it was great to back on the field: "The sessions have been enthusiastically received and after several months away from the pitch we have seen immediately the positive impact of sport in bringing people back together and promoting mental health."
Puseletso, 14, said: “When I first took part in the sessions, it was difficult for me to participate and share my knowledge with others, but now I can comfortably express my views. The lessons helped us to see the importance of maintaining our health because when we are in good health, our bodies can fight diseases that may attack us."
Kick4Life Co-founder, Steve Fleming, added: "We have made some adaptations to the curriculum to reflect the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. This includes strengthening content on hygiene and sanitation as well as building resilience to minimise the potential impact of COVID-19 on other areas of health such as HIV and gender-based violence."