Breaking Barriers to Achieve Dreams

Capacity development is one of the key steps of "My fitness is my skill" program objectives

Dalia Younis
Capacity development is one of the key steps of "My fitness is my skill" program objectives
UNICEF/Egypt 2020/Ahmed Mostafa
14 December 2020

In rural areas, which are usually more conservative, girls are expected to limit their interactions with the outside world. In this context, a large part of the girls there are particularly shy, especially young girls.

In all cases, majority of girls, who participated in the "My fitness is my skill" program, were shy and believed that their shyness was an obstacle to many achievements or activities. Farha, a second-year middle school student, in one of the villages of Qena Governorate, said: “Owing to my extreme shyness and lack of self-confidence, I wasn’t engaged in the daily class activities. I loved drawing, and because of my shyness I didn’t even practice it. I was afraid to draw because I thought my drawings weren’t good, but I realized that showing my talent would help me develop it.”

Menna’s words, a ten-year-old girl living in "Al Maana” Village in Qena, reinforced what Farha said: "The most important thing I’ve learned in that program is that I can express my feelings and have confidence in myself."

Arwa, a second year middle school student added: "At first, I was so unsure of myself and could not express my feelings, but during the program, I’ve been told to talk about what I think and feel without any fear."

Capacity development is one of the key steps of "My fitness is my skill" program objectives
UNICEF/Egypt 2020/Ahmed Mostafa
"The most important thing I’ve learned in that program is that I can express my feelings and have confidence in myself," said Menna

Under the subject of one’s self-discovery, "My fitness is my skill” program identified the topic of self-confidence and the importance of self-esteem by recognizing the skills and capabilities of girls, as well as overcoming the barriers of shyness and anxiety to replace the words "I can’t do it” with "I can do it"

."My fitness is my skill" program aims to inspire young girls between the ages of 10 and 18 to take an active part in the various activities, especially sports, which will contribute to their health development, build their self-confidence, make them physically and mentally fit, and provide them with a variety of life skills such as teamwork, leadership and social engagement.

 

Capacity development is one of the key steps of "My fitness is my skill" program objectives
UNICEF/Egypt 2020/Ahmed Mostafa
"I was afraid to draw because I thought my drawings weren’t good, but I realized that showing my talent would help me develop it,” said Farha.

Thanks to the continued support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the collaboration of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNICEF was able to launch the "My fitرness is my skill" program in the Governorates of Assiut and Qena, which targeted young girls, particularly in the rural areas, to participate in sporting activities that allowed them to enjoy their right to play, entertain and acquire various life skills necessary to make them fit for their near future.