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Activities and sport festivals during June and July 2010

UNICEF/South Africa/2009
© UNICEF/South Africa/2009
Building on South Africa’s love for sports, communities can be united, through sports events and programmes to support and protect their children and create supportive, child friendly communities.

Every child has the right to play and participate in sport. They are important building-blocks in the health, happiness and well-being of children and young people.

Sport and play:

  • provide a fun way to learn values and lessons that will last a life time
  • promote friendship, camaraderie, team spirit and fair play
  • teach team work, discipline, respect, and the coping skills necessary to ensure that children develop into caring individuals
  • enable children to take leadership roles within their communities.

UNICEF works with governments and partners throughout the world to use sport-based programmes to improve children’s lives and to strengthen communities.  UNICEF South Africa, through its Sport for Development programme, recognises that sport and play are powerful vehicles for working with disadvantaged and vulnerable children, including orphans, children with disabilities, refugee and displaced children, sexually exploited children and children from indigenous communities.

Sport also offers the ideal tool to educate the youth on vitally important issues such as:

  • understanding gender equality and respecting human rights
  • HIV prevention, and the care and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Protecting themselves against exploitation and abuse
  • Protecting and conserving the environment.

Together with the Department of Basic Education and community development partners, UNICEF reached over 250,000 children in 136 school cluster communities through its sport programmes and festivals in 2009.

This trend continues in 2010. Sport is high on the agenda of all South Africans, especially during the FIFA World Cup in June and July and provides the ideal background to advocate for the improvement of sport fields and equipment in the majority of South African schools, townships and rural areas.

UNICEF/South Africa/2009
© UNICEF/South Africa/2009
21 festivals will be held in June and July to provide children of all ages with opportunities to play and express themselves during the extended winter school holiday.

Sport Festivals
UNICEF sport festivals are being held at schools in all nine provinces in South Africa throughout the year. 21 festivals will be held in June and July to provide children of all ages with opportunities to play and express themselves during the extended winter school holiday.

UNICEF Partners in the Sport for Development Programme include:
The Department of Education, International Inspiration, SuperSport, Total SA, Score and community-based organisations.

Sport festival during June and July 2010

4 – 5 June: Mooirivier, KwaZulu-Natal

5 June: Bloemfontein, Free State

5 – 11 June: Harare - Khayelitsha, Western Cape

7 – 13 June: Welkom/Thabong 1, Free State

7 – 13 June: Mafikeng, North West

14- 20 June: Mhluzi, Mpumalanga

18 - 19 June: Upington/Louisvaleweg, Northern Cape

21 – 27 June: Polokwane/Ga-Maja, Limpopo

19 June: Langa Western Cape

25 – 26 June: Kei Road, Eastern Cape

25 – 26 June: Orlando, Gauteng

5 – 11 July: Alexandra, Gauteng

9-10 July: Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal

9 – 10 July: Losana, Mpumalanga

16 – 17 July: Potchefstroom, Ikageng, North West

16 – 17 July: Upington/Paballelo, Northern Cape

12 – 18 July: Mdantsane, Eastern Cape

23 – 24 July: Bronville, Free State

23 – 24 July: New Community 1, Gauteng

23 – 24 July: Polokwane/Mothibaskraal, Limpopo

30 – 31 July: Lady Frere, Eastern Cape



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