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Youth Education through Sport (YES)
Description/achievement of initiative

A community based sports initiative targeting children and young people as a platform to raise awareness on key issues impacting their lives including HIV/AIDS. The programme facilitates youth to youth engagement, human and community development through sport. It facilitates life skills training for young people, including promoting the spirit of voluntarism and self initiative for community benefit.Programme was piloted in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1999 and later rolled out to all 10 provinces. It is implemented as part of Community Sport Development Programme (CSDP) in partnership with sport associations, government departments and NGOs.

Implementation methodologies

The YES programme activities are steered by; At National Level – the CSDP National Secretariat; At Provincial Level – SRC Provincial Office and Provincial YES Committees; At District Level – the District YES Committees;At Ward Level – the Ward League Committees; At Club Level – adult facilitators and youth peer leaders;Steering Committees at each level are guided by Terms of Reference, provisions of implementation guidelines and technical advice from the National Secretariat.The above structures are responsible for: Generating increased awareness about the YES programme, Networking with public and private sector organizations to secure support towards the National YES Festival activities, Organizing necessary logistics, including mobilizing the financial and material resources. Publicizing their activities in order to generate awareness and maximum support.Life Skills Education - Weekly life skills education sessions based on the 13 topics as contained in the YES manual. Specific written plans for each of these sessions is documented and included in the assessment file for adjudication.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The YES programme is decentralized in implementation to all 10 Provinces of the country where the Sports and Recreation Commission has established Provincial Offices. Coordination at provincial level focus on the running of the programme activities through the following 3 components: (1). Sport - Local leagues, tournaments and festivals for football, netball, volleyball and communities are free to include other sports. (2)Peer Education/Life Skills - Involves educational sessions to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, abuse, gender violence, rights, climate change and other topical issues. Activities involve sport, drama, poetry, song, dance, discussion forum, advocacy and awareness sessions. (3) Community Projects - Youth clubs perform social responsibility activities at orphanages, institutions, public places.


i). Sports and Recreation Commission (Zimbabwe)
ii).Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
iii).Southern Africa HIV & AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)
iv). PLAN-International (Zimbabwe)

Progress reports
Goal 3
3.3 - By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
3.5 - Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
3.7 - By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes
3.a - Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate
Goal 4
4.1 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
4.a - Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
4.b - By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
Goal 5
5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
5.2 - Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
5.3 - Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
5.6 - Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
5.c - Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
Goal 11
11.4 - Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.7 - By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
Goal 13
13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Goal 16
16.2 - End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
16.3 - Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
16.5 - Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
16.10 - Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements
16.b - Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development
April, 2020
Formation of 1600 Community sport clubs in 10 provinces by 2020
December, 2017
Capacity development. Training 800 adult facilitators in 10 provinces by 2017
Financing (in USD)
150,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Educational and promotional materials
Staff / Technical expertise
Training of volunteers and staff

Basic information
Time-frame: 2016 - 2020
i). Sports and Recreation Commission (Zimbabwe)
ii).Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
iii).Southern Africa HIV & AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)
iv). PLAN-International (Zimbabwe)

Contact information
Moreways Changa, Sport and Recreation Development Officer, changamoreways@gmail.com
United Nations