Primary School, Leadership Development, and Professional Development Programme

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<p>PeacePlayers International - South Africa Primary School, Leadership Development, and Professional Development Programme.</p>

PeacePlayers International - South Africa Primary School, Leadership Development, and Professional Development Programme.

In a nutshell

Established in 2001, PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an international non-profit organization that uses the game of basketball to unite, educate and inspire young people in conflict-affected and underserved communities around the world. Based on the premise that children who play together can learn to live together, the organization’s South African affiliate was founded in 2001 to help the young people of KwaZulu-Natal carve out a safe and successful path in a society burdened by the impact of HIV/AIDS, unemployment, crime, and strong cultural divides.

What we do

PeacePlayers International - South Africa (PPI - SA) is an independently registered charity (NPO No: 024-786-NPO / PBO No: 930023713) that uses basketball to help the young people of KwaZulu-Natal develop important skills to help them carve out a safe and successful path in a society burdened by the impact of HIV/AIDS, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, crime, and strong cultural divides. Youth living in Durban lack positive role models and opportunities to interact with different genders, racial or cultural groups outside their own community. Without clear goals for their future, or tangible skills to achieve them, many youth fall into a negative spiral that leads to personal, social and economic repercussions.  

PPI’s methodology focuses on reaching at-risk youth early in life and is built on a three-tiered leadership pipeline, providing children with a year-round blend of integrated sports-based education, teens with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, and communities with a core constituency of skilled, confident mentors for the next generation. Using this unique program model, PPI-SA has positively impacted more than 27,000 youth - bridging divides, developing leaders and changing perceptions to the point where youth in Durban live peacefully together and have positive aspirations for the future. PPI-SA currently serves 450 children from 15 primary schools and 8 high schools across the communities of Durban Central, Lamontville, Umlazi, Waterloo and Wentworth, with 20 full and part-time staff (75% of whom are former participants in the program)

How we do it

PPI’s Programme Model is as follows:

Problem Statement: Youth in Durban lack role models and opportunities for diverse experience, including interation with different genders, racial or cultural, and expose to new ideas about their future. This leads to a variety of negative personal, social and economic repercussions.

Theory of Change: If PPL-South Africa develops well-trained coach-role models who lead extra-curricular activities in a diverse and higher levels of self-confidence, enabling them to pursue constructive future life outcomes.

To address the above challenge, PPI-SA has developed three-tiered leadership pipeline, providing children with a year-round blend of integrated sports-based education, teens with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, and communities with a core constituency of skilled, confident mentors for the next generation:

Tier 1: Primary School Programme

PSP is an after-school basketball program that provides weekly sports-based education and life skills activities that help children develop a strong sense of self-identity and values, while maintaining good standing in school. Each partner school has a boy’s and a girls’ team (12 children each), and teams routinely travel to other communities for games and life skills sessions, allowing participants to develop positive relationships with children of different gender and cultural backgrounds.

Tier 2: Leadership Development Programme

Upon reaching their teenage years, PSP participants are invited to join the LDP to receive advanced basketball coaching, life skills education and leadership training. Similar to PSP teams, LDP members participate in monthly basketball games and quarterly basketball extravaganzas. Each participant is challenged to (1) improve their personal and sporting capacities; (2) examine and address the issues facing their communities; (3) think through future career aspirations and goals; and (4) become role models and mentors for their younger peers.

Tier 3: Professional Development Programme

After graduating from the LDP, youth who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential are invited to become PDP coaches, where they are given the skills necessary to shape the youth they coach, and the support—financially, culturally and socially—to shape their own lives and communities. PDP coaches attend weekly trainings every Monday to help them develop as a coach (referee trainings, how to introduce a concept, how to plan a practice etc.) and individual (time management, public speaking, future aspirations etc.). 

What we have achieved

Since the launch of the program, PPI - SA has:

  • Positively impacted the lives of over 26,000 children;
  • Trained more than 250 young adults as peer educators and mentors in communities of disparate socio-economic and racial backgrounds;
  • Received the 2008 Laureus Sport for Good Award in St. Petersburg, Russia.  PPI-SA was chosen from 60 international organizations that use sport for social change;
  • Received Proudly South African status and classified as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO No. 930023713); and

Profiled in the following publications and media sources:

  • Local:  The Mercury, The Sunday Tribune, Isolezwe, The Rising Sun, The Daily News, Highway Mail, Berea Mail, The Sun, Northglen News, East Coast Radio, Gagasi FM, Durban Youth Radio, Izwi Lomzansi, Lotus FM, durban.thebeehive.or;
  • National:  SABC 1, Engen Slam Dunk, E Television, SABC Radio, SuperSport, Kaelo Stories of Hope on SABC 2;

What we have learned

In an informal study conducted in October 2014 with community schools a number of common issues were arranged as challenges facing the 6 communities in which PPI is involved, including: Gangsterism and Violence, Drugs & Alcohol Abuse, Sex Awareness (HIV/Aids & Teenage Pregnancy) and Forward Thinking/Career Aspirations. Despite all these challenges, PPI-SA has found that youth are very well educated on the above issues. Despite knowing about them, the harmful choices to participate in the above activities are still made

The main issue lies in the fact that youth living in Durban lack positive role models and opportunities to interact with different genders, racial or cultural groups outside their own community. Without clear goals for their future, or tangible skills to achieve them, many youth fall into a negative spiral that leads to personal, social and economic repercussions.

Instead of attempting to address the symptoms of this issue, PPI-SA is now focusing on addressing the problem by equipping coaches and youth participants to be leaders and role models in their community while also providing diverse and safe experiences to interact with youth from different cultures/backgrounds. This will lead to a greater sense of self identity and values, and help youth live peacefully and have positive aspirations for the future.

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