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UNICEF supporting youth empowerment through sport

UNICEF South Africa 2017/Mudau
© UNICEF South Africa 2017/Mudau
Boitumelo Khoza (middel), Provincial President of the Girls and Boys Education Movement club, with UNICEF friends and supporters at the Queens Relay Race in the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga.

Nelspruit, 17 May 2017: 15-year old Boitumelo Khoza, a Grade 10 learner from Lambalati Secondary School, is a netball player as well as the Provincial President of the Girls and Boys Education Movement (GEM/BEM) club in Mpumalanga province. The GEM-BEM are school-based clubs run by learners with support from school management.

Introduced by UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education over a decade ago, the clubs aim to address issues of violence, academic performance and mitigate risky behaviour amongst adolescents.

UNICEF South Africa 2017/Mudau
© UNICEF South Africa 2017/Mudau
Boitumelo Khoza carries the Queens Baton in the Mbombela Stadium at the Queens Relay race.

Sharing this aim is the Sport for Development programme (S4D), also supported by UNICEF, which is present in hundreds of schools throughout the country. Globally, sport has proved to be an effective tool to achieve goals in health, education and child protection.

The Queens Baton Relay race at the Mbombela Stadium was an opportunity to showcase the success of both the GEM-BEM and the S4D programme as Boitumelo was tasked with carrying the baton at the opening ceremony and then participated in the race.

Boitumelo, who aspires to be lawyer, speaks of how the GEM/BEM club helped her become more focused as an individual and as a student. She is now among the top 10 learners in her school and says she is proof that “education is the only key to success.”

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>> Sports for Development 
>> Girls and Boys Education Movement (GEM/BEM)

 

 

 

 

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