Elkin from the May 2016 team has been working at the Food For Knowledge Project in Mozambique for the last 4 months. He has been working with a number of schools to establish and run after-school clubs for over a 100 children. There are a variety of clubs that are both recreational and academic such as: music club, sports club, game club, reading club, and math club.
Through fundraising, he was able to obtain materials for the various clubs such as sporting equipment and board games. He has personally taken part in the activities every day in the schools and is training young people to be club leaders.
How Do Youth Clubs Create Development?
Youth Clubs programs help activate the young people of the communities through education, arts and culture. The programs may integrate predefined content based on the schools’ curricula, however the best is to use this spaces for allowing the participants of the club to design the program and content based on their interests, needs and local reality.
The Youth Clubs’ programs might focus on environmental education, sexual and health related education, vocational training, arts and culture, mentoring and counseling, fitness and social and political engagement.
The space of a Youth Club is simply the best to allow individuals to discover own capacities through debating and practicing, as well as to find how much we can achieve when working together. A Youth Club might become a progressive force bringing communities forward by: holding tree planting campaigns, HIV/Aids prevention training, cleaning actions, using theater to teach about gender equality, and so much more.