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Monthly ArchiveDecember 2017

The Positive Impact of YONECO Sports Trophy in Zomba: YONECO Raises awareness about SRHR, GBV, Child Abuse and Youth Development among the Youth through Sports

“There were a lot of things which I was not aware of. I can now confidently say that I have known a lot through various activities during the trophy. That lack of awareness on such key issues is very dangerous as young people end up in tough situations due to lack of facts” – said Chimwemwe Likwemba.

Chimwemwe is a 14 year-old primary school leaners at Police Primary school. He stays at Mapale Township in Zomba City. Chimwemwe is among young people whom YONECO reached out to with information about sexual reproductive health (SRH), Gender Based Violence (GBV), Child Abuse and Youth Development among the youth through Sports.

YONECO funded a football and netball trophy that was aimed at disseminating critical and age-appropriate information on various issues that negatively impact on the rights and welfare of young people. The trophy was open to all primary schools in the area as well as out-of-school under-14 football and netball teams. The Trophy commenced in April, 2017 and ended on 17 December, 2017.

According to one of the coordinators of the trophy, Edwin Chulu, YONECO helpline Counsellors and Field Officers were engaged during the games to disseminate key information to the targeted young people. Chulu further explained that YONECO utilised some minutes before every game, the half time period to drive the messages home.

Teachers and various youth leaders have also acknowledged the fact that young people who were patronising the games have gained a lot of knowledge on GBV, SRHR, youth development as well as Violence against Children.

In his remarks, the Executive Director for YONECO, MacBain Mkandawire, revealed that next year’s package for the trophy has been revised upwards due to the positive impact which the trophy had on young people. As such, the initiative will also be scaled up to reach out to more young people in the district.

“The sports trophy has proved to be a good channel for raising awareness to young people about issues that affect them. As such, we will double the prize money from MK 3 Million to MK 6 Million” said Mkandaqwire.

In her reaction, the Guest of Honour who is also Zomba City Mayor Mellia Douglas applauded YONECO for the continued sponsorship. She said the youths need to take part in sports activities in order to showcase their talent.

“With the increase in sponsorship, YONECO has spurred me to come out big in next year’s Mayor’s Trophy competition. We need to give these young ones something to do so that they avoid from indulging in immoral behavior,” she said.

MASSA national treasurer Christopher Kabwazi called for proper coordination from all stakeholders in order to safeguard the sponsorship. He said much as the tournament went on well, there are some areas of improvements to be done.

In the final matches, Police Primary School emerged as victors in both boys and girls categories. In netball, they beat Mpotola Primary School by 20 baskets to 17 whereas in football, a lone goal from George Harare was enough to see his side beat Reticals FC 1-0 to clinch the trophy.

“There were a lot of issues I was not aware of and I can confidently say that I have known a lot through various activities during the trophy. That lack of awareness on such key issues is very dangerous as young people end up in tough situations due to lack of facts” – said Chimwemwe Likwemba.

Chimwemwe is a 14 year-old primary school leaners at Police Primary school. He stays at Mapale Township in Zomba City. Chimwemwe is among young people whom YONECO reached out to with information about sexual reproductive health (SRH), Gender Based Violence (GBV), Child Abuse and Youth Development among the youth through Sports. YONECO funded a football and netball trophy that was aimed at disseminating critical and age-appropriate information on various issues that negatively impact on the rights and welfare of young people.

The trophy was open to all primary schools in the area as well as out-of-school under-14 football and netball teams. The Trophy commenced in April, 2017 and ended on 17 December, 2017.

According to one of the coordinators of the trophy, Edwin Chulu, YONECO helpline Counsellors and Field Officers were engaged during the games to disseminate key information to the targeted young people. Chulu further explained that YONECO utilised some minutes before every game, the half time period to drive the messages home.

Teachers and various youth leaders have also acknowledged the fact that young people who were patronising the games have gained a lot of knowledge on GBV, SRHR, youth development as well as Violence against Children.

In his remarks, the Executive Director for YONECO, MacBain Mkandawire, revealed that next year’s package for the trophy has been revised upwards due to the positive impact which the trophy had on young people. As such, the initiative will also be scaled up to reach out to more young people in the district.

“The sports trophy has proved to be a good channel for raising awareness to young people about issues that affect them. As such, we will double the prize money from MK 3 Million to MK 6 Million” said Mkandaqwire.

In her reaction, the Guest of Honour who is also Zomba City Mayor Mellia Douglas applauded YONECO for the continued sponsorship. She said the youths need to take part in sports activities in order to showcase their talent.

“With the increase in sponsorship, YONECO has spurred me to come out big in next year’s Mayor’s Trophy competition. We need to give these young ones something to do so that they avoid from indulging in immoral behavior,” she said.

MASSA national treasurer Christopher Kabwazi called for proper coordination from all stakeholders in order to safeguard the sponsorship. He said much as the tournament went on well, there are some areas of improvements to be done.

In the final matches, Police Primary School emerged as victors in both boys and girls categories. In netball, they beat Mpotola Primary School by 20 baskets to 17 whereas in football, a lone goal from George Harare was enough to see his side beat Reticals FC 1-0 to clinch the trophy.

All Set for YONECO Under 14 Trophy Finals

The K3 million football and netball trophy which is sponsored by Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) has reached the climax as the finalists are set to lock horns in a much anticipated event to be held on December 17 at Zomba Police College ground.

The final encounter of the tournament will showcase a battle between Police primary school and Litiko Football Club in the football category while Potola will face Police primary school in the netball category.

To sail through to the semi-final stages that took place on December 8, Police primary school saw off Pure Dreams FC in a 2-0 encounter while Litiko FC narrowly overcame Nmalaka FC by a goal to nil, in the boys’ category.

In other highly contested netball semi-finals, Potola humbled Bwaila by 7 baskets to 2 while Police ousted Thundu by 10 baskets to 8.

In his remarks, Community Mobilization Coordinator for YONECO, Jacob Nyirongo said the tournament has been a success as it has helped YONECO to reach out the youths through sports in sensitizing them about their health, rights and responsibilities.

“Apart from exposing talent from the youth we have also managed to enlighten them to observe their rights with responsibility, to take care of their bodies so that they can have a good health in order for them to make a productive society in future.

“We have also sensitized them on how they can fight and defend themselves from child abuse and Gender Based Violence through enlightening them about our helpline services that are free of charge,” said Nyirongo.

The chairperson of Malawi Schools Sports Association (MASSA) in Zomba city, Fatso Chanza commended YONECO for the tournament saying the initiative is helping the youth to refrain from bad practices.

“Since the inception of the trophy youths have been keeping themselves busy with sports activities instead of indulging themselves into bad practices such as sexual behaviors, drinking alcohol and smoking.

“We believe that if YONECO continues sponsoring the program Zomba will have a generation of good healthy and talented youths,” said Chanza.

YONECO is sponsoring the tournament with the aim of creating an environment where the youth are skilled, knowledgeable enough and able to make good and sound decisions as well as enabling them to achieve their goals in life through sports.

By Smart Sochera.