Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not a sporty person. So the idea that I’d be involved in GOAL, our girls empowerment programme through sports, would seem unlikely at first! Luckily the programme’s success doesn’t rely on my running skills, but it does need my energy, commitment and passion – and I have plenty of that. I initially got involved in Goal, as country co-ordinator, in 2015 and as such, because we couldn’t do a lot of physical activities together over the past year, delivery was through online mentorship sessions.
However, in September and October 2021, when COVID 19 cases had reduced significantly, we leveraged on this and facilitated computer literacy and financial education sessions with the girls at the Bank. On 5 November 2021, with the support of NOWSPAR, our National Government Official partner, I participated in a Traditional Goal event at OlympAfrica, Lusaka, Zambia. This was an outdoor event in which a total of 83 girls were equipped with the relevant skills under the GOAL programme.