The “Street 2 School Sports Project” is a community sports development initiative based in Labadi, Accra (Ghana). The programme aims to provide sports (football and netball) and education to children in the community, particularly those living on the streets or in extreme poverty. ‘S2S’ works by providing sports training sessions, matches and homework club to reintroduce disenfranchised youths back into the school system in addition to offering them continued educational and vocational support. Through this vibrant and inspiring community programme our goal is to continue allowing as many underprivileged children as possible (6 – 18-year-old boys and girls) to gain proper access to education and create pathways for each individual (through sporting excellence, education or vocational training) to end the cycle of poverty and Brighten the future of the next generation.
Many of the children we are working with cannot afford basic materials needed for school or to play the sport they love; but with the help of ‘S2S’, we can get the basics needed to allow these children not only to get the education they deserve, but also to continue enjoying their youth by playing the sport they love! Before ‘S2S’ the children now involved with the programme loved to play sport, though many were unable to read and write to the required level for their age. By introducing this programme into the community we have managed to change perception in the area and encourage the importance of school to young people as well as their parents. Amazingly, parents are now also encouraging their children to come to training, learn, and play sports in a safe and developmental environment. Now 80% of participants are registered in formal education and 99% of programme participants get extra-curricular education with us at ‘S2S’.
In a conversation with the U13 football captain Frederick Archer he said “my parents allow me to come to train always because they know I don’t only play football but I also learn, which makes me stick to my books. Because of ‘S2S’ I have good grades even though I have combined school with football. The homework based studies helps me understand things better than I did in class.”.
Through the “Street to School Sports Programme” we are using sport to tackle issues in our community including gender equality, period poverty, teenage pregnancies, school drop outs and substance abuse. By introducing Sexual and Reproductive health and Mental health education into our programme we can end prejudices and the stigma surrounding these areas and give young people the support they need to “Brighten their future”
“The Street to School Sports Programme” is providing an excellent opportunity for positive change in Labadi’s youth and is helping to alleviate the cycle of poverty by encouraging better opportunities for the next generation of children. We recognise the power sport can have on each child’s development and the opportunities continued education can give young people, especially those living in poverty.
Despite being a new initiative ‘The Street to School Sports Programme’ has already started to produce some outstanding graduates from the programme, some of these include:
- David Danquah – Baylor High School, Tennessee
- Daniel Boateng – Cate High School, California
- Abdul Razak Kadir – Dunn School, California
- Jessica Lomo – Indian Mountain School, Conneticut
- Dorcas Adams – Indian Mountain School, Conneticut
- Abgail Amon – Indian Mountain School, Connecticut
- William Hamza – F.C Zilina, Slovakia
- Rauf Mumuni – F.C Slovako, Slovakia
- Abdul Toffiq – F.C Slovako, Slovakia
- Kwabena Bobby – Completed University of Ghana. Now coaching u13’s and Teaching at S2S
By volunteering as a football coach with Akwaaba Volunteers you will become a part of the legacy and help support, coach and educate the ‘Street To School’ kids. Like so many of our volunteer coaches we hope that you will leave an inspirational mark on the ‘S2S’ kids whilst helping them secure a better future for themselves.