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UNICEF & K4L partnership underway

UNICEF & K4L partnership underway

Kick4Life is pleased to announce a new partnership with UNICEF in Lesotho which is aimed at promoting employability and entrepreneurship skills for young people. Based on Kick4Life's tried and tested Sport for Good methodology, Skills4Life uses sport as a vehicle for developing transferrable skills such as self-organisation, managing conflict, decision-making and resilience.

The project got underway with a five-day coach training course for 25 young leaders from five districts - Thaba Tseka, Mafeteng, Quthing, Mohale’s Hoek and Maseru. Having successfully completed the training, which covered the full curriculum as well as key topics such as facilitation skills and safeguarding, the coaches will now deliver the sessions to groups of young people in their respective communities. The project will reach 2,500 young people aged 12-18 over the coming five months.

Addressing the coaches, Kick4Life's Programmes Manager, Mbulelo Mochochoko, said: "'Congratulations on becoming life-skills coaches. As well as the responsibility of facilitating sessions, you are also role models with the potential to inspire young people and guide them towards making good decisions in their lives. It is through such opportunities that we can work on making our country a better place to live."

Kick4Life Co-founder, Steve Fleming, added: "We are thrilled to be working in partnership with UNICEF through our shared goal of improving the lives and prospects of children and young people in Lesotho. Sport is an incredibly effective tool for developing transferable skills which young people can put into practice in other areas of their lives, supporting them towards achieving sustainable livelihoods. The skills developed through this programme are particularly critical with youth unemployment in Lesotho at 37%, with a current absence of these skills resulting in a huge loss of potential related to employment and entrepreneurship. Through Skills4Life many more young people will now be empowered with skills to help them achieve their potential and to contribute to the social and economic development of their communities."

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