FAME Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FCT Football Association, under the PLAY it DREAM it Initiative.
The project is meant to mentor and equip under-served and Internally Displaced Girls within the FCT with life skills, which in turn will result in the education of the girls, and reduction in the occurrences of early marriage, and increasing girls participation in sporting activities.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Paschal Dogo, a member of the FCT FA Board, who represented the FCT FA Chairman, Alhaji Abbas Moukhtar, commended FAME Foundation for their efforts, and all they have been doing for the empowerment of women and girls in Nigeria, especially within the FCT.
The Executive Director, FAME Foundation, Aderonke Bello stated that football is the only activity that unites the country.
“Nigeria is a heterogeneous country with religious differences, language barriers, different geo-political zones and cultures.
FAME Foundation is using sport as a tool to address the Sustainable Development Goals. The girls will be trained on hygiene, leadership skills, personal development, and life skills, which will empower and educate them, and also enable them to compete with their equals”.
The Programme Manager, FAME Foundation, Anna Mmabula noted that “PLAY it DREAM” is an initiative of FAME Foundation targeted at using sports as a tool to educate the girl child.
“It will reduce the occurrence of early child marriages, increase girls and women participation in football, and other sporting activities while improving their general well-being and health. It aims to actualize the SDGs 3, 4, 5, and 10 in the realization of the 2030 agenda”.
Deborah, a representative of girls from the IDP Camp in Durumi, commended FAME Foundation, and FCT FA, for the opportunity they are giving the girls to participate in football activities, as it is usually the boys who go out to play football.
Both parties involved in the partnership signed the MoU in the presence of witnesses, to activate the boot-camp which is to kick off on January 30, 2021, and expected to hold every last Saturday of the month for 3 years as stated by the MoU.
The First edition of Play it Dream it Initiative Bootcamp will commence on January 30, 2021.