Football for Future

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Football for Future

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euronews Chris Cummins:

For some football is a game to enjoy, but here at the Mahlasedi Masana Primary School in the Mamelodi township just outside Pretoria it is very much more than that.

An education programme is in place here that uses the enthusiasm for football as an educational tool to help poor, disadvantaged children take control of their lives against the backdrop of a chaotic homelife.

Joe Vuma is headmaster at the school:

“This is one of the areas termed as ‘poorest of the poor’, where many of the parent community of the school is unemployed, so it makes it difficult for the school to meet some of their needs you know.”

Kate Mokoke Street Soccer coach:

“The other thing is the issue of abuse. They express a lot of abuse from their home. So some of them are abused from as little as maybe six years old, we have so many kids at school that are abused right now, especially boys that are sodomised and also girls that are raped by their family members.”

Nosipho Mafu Steet Soccer coach:

“They like to fight a lot, but here in the Street Soccer they can make friends and work as a team. Some families are being headed by these youngsters, you’ll find this girl maybe dosen’t have parents, she has to take care of the young ones at home then she’s an adult, she has to take care of them and if their is no money, she has to go out and make some plans.”

The project is part of the South African-German development cooperation backed by the EU and put in place by the GTZ foundation. It uses not only sport but the performing arts to educate the children.

Joe Vuma headmaster:

“This programme is holistic it’s not only focusing on sport but it focuses also on morals, it focuses also on life skills, you know it helps the child grow in totality, yes, we are benefiting so much from it yes.”

Mabu Maholo is from Karos and Kambro he is involved in teaching the performing arts:

“We teach them performing arts, we teach them life skills, leadership development, nature awareness, community awareness also. So we sit with them, we discuss topical issues that are relevant to their communities and their lives.”

Mahlasedi Masana provides a positive counter balance to home… and it is working.

Kate Mokoke Street Soccer coach:
“It is successful what’s happening here but, there are some challenges that we have, especially when we are supposed to go and play leagues, because we have to travel a distance to go to other schools to play, so sometimes we don’t have money for transport, but we are trying.”

Portia works with the kids for Life’s a Ball:

“Actually I just enjoy playing with kids I just love seeing them having fun and laughing and enjoying it because I just hate to see other kids sad.”