Youth Education through Sport (YES) Programme

This Project was initiated by the Sports and Recreation Commission in 1999. The purpose of the programme is to impart life skills to the youthful athletes using sport as a platform. The Youth Education through Sport programme is anchored on three components which are Sport, Peer Education and Community projects. The three components have an equal in weighting in the competitions for the ultimate result of the winning teams with points awarded on an equal basis. The programme is implemented across the country’s ten provinces and in implementing the project the Sports and Recreation Commission has enlisted the services of Technical and Funding partners who include the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) UNICEF Zimbabwe, National AIDS Council, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council, Child Line Zimbabwe, Forestry Commission and Plan Zimbabwe. Also in order to ensure that there is depth in the running of the programme a National Committee comprising of selected volunteers was put in place to ensure the smooth implementation of the programme.

 

Youth Education through Sport (YES) Programme

This Project was initiated by the Sports and Recreation Commission in 1999. The purpose of the programme is to impart life skills to the youthful athletes using sport as a platform. The Youth Education through Sport programme is anchored on three components which are Sport, Peer Education and Community projects. The three components have an equal in weighting in the competitions for the ultimate result of the winning teams with points awarded on an equal basis. The programme is implemented across the country’s ten provinces and in implementing the project the Sports and Recreation Commission has enlisted the services of Technical and Funding partners who include the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) UNICEF Zimbabwe, National AIDS Council, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council, Child Line Zimbabwe, Forestry Commission and Plan Zimbabwe. Also in order to ensure that there is depth in the running of the programme a National Committee comprising of selected volunteers was put in place to ensure the smooth implementation of the programme.

At its inception the programme was divided into two phases which were the Norway Cup qualifiers where Clubs competed from January to May and the winner qualified to represent the country in the Norway Cup. The second phase ran from July to October leading to the National YES festival in the 1st week of December.  Currently the programme the first half of the year leads to the winning football and volleyball teams participating in the East Africa Cup in Tanzania. The second half of the year leads to the holding of the National YES festival which should be the precursor to the hosting of the Zimbabwe National Youth Games by any hosting province for the Youth Games.

Objectives

  • To encourage youths to participate in sporting activities of their choice
  • To encourage youths to interact among themselves using the medium of sport
  • To encourage youths to take responsibility for the communities that they come from by engaging in community service that enhances the quality of their livelihoods.

Program Location

Republic of Zimbabwe: - Implemented in 10 Provinces and 72 districts.

Successes

  • YES Programme’s Peer education component has focused on various health and social topical issues such as HIV/AIDS & other Health related issues, marking a significant contribution to the attainment of Goal 6 of the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Sport participation as a component of the YES Programme has improved the demeanor of athletes thus demonstrating that sport is a tool that can used to mould and modify different behaviors.
  • Community projects have enhanced the young people’ sense of responsibility at both personal and community levels. This is manifested by the number of community social responsibility programmes that the clubs are currently undertaking.
  • Education with Entertainment (Edutainment) has now been adopted as part of the Zimbabwe National Youth Games (ZNYG), Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games (ZNPG) programme.  .
  • Lead up process to the National YES festival attracts more young athletes and officials than any other sport activity on the country’s Sports calendar.

Project Reach

To date the Youth Education through Sport Programme, through the YES Festival has reached out to over 100 000 athletes and officials.

Partners & Sponsors:

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1. Government of Zimbabwe:- Ministries & Departments
2. National AIDS Council
3. NIF
4. Red Cross Society - Zimbabwe
5. UNICEF
6. Child line
7. PLAN – Zimbabwe
8. Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council – ZNFPC
9. Forestry Commission
10. Environmental Management Authority – EMA since 2011.