Namibia leads Galz&Goals programme
The popular Galz&Goals programme uses football as a means to empower Namibian girls aged 10-20 to live a healthy life, through participation in football leagues and festivals that incorporate HIV/AIDS awareness, life skills and healthy lifestyle education.
The programme is active in at least 10 Namibian regions, with girls in Oshana and Erongo regions recently having started to benefit from it as well.
A number of successful women football players, such as the likes of Lovisa Mulunga and Viewe Kotjipati,were also groomed through Galz&Goals.
The head of the NFA women’s desk, Jacky Gertze, said the programme is successful in terms of creating awareness about social issues that girls are faced with.
She further said the programme has been effective in attracting thousands of girls to the game of football, which means thousands of girls are receiving information about important topics like HIV/AIDS.
Through this programme, she wants the girls to know that there’s an opportunity for them to go overseas, to play or to study.
UNICEF country representative Micaela Marques De Sousa said Namibian girls have show keen interest in sports, especially when compared to other countries under this initiative.
She stated that it was about girls playing football and that Namibia is a leading country because no other country on the continent has had so many girls playing sports and using football as a means to build teams, develop and grow.
She finally added that she was happy that there were at least 3000 girls involved in the programme.