GRASSROOT SOCCER NIGERIA
YEDI’s first program, the Grassroot Soccer West Africa program, is currently implemented in over 400 sites in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom and Ogun States and has had more than 55,000 young graduates so far. The program adapted the highly effective football for development model piloted by YEDI’s international NGO partner, Grassroot Soccer for Nigeria.
GRS has for more than a decade successfully used the power of football to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV, malaria and other diseases and provide children and youth in disadvantaged communities with life and coping skills.
Initiated by former professional soccer players in 2002 in Zimbabwe, GRS trains African soccer stars, coaches, teachers, and peer educators in the world's most HIV-affected countries to deliver an interactive HIV prevention and life skills curriculum to youth. The program attracts and engages young people through schools, community outreaches, and social media. Children and youth in disadvantaged communities are trained in life and coping skills and empowered to act as community leaders to spread health and life skills messages to their peers.
To date more than 700,000 children in more than 15 Southern and Central African countries have graduated from the highly popular and effective programme delivered in the school and out-of-school setting.
Under the GRS model are the Skillz Naija and Skillz Girl Naija curricula. While the Skillz Naija participants are equipped with important life-skills, malaria and HIV/AIDS education, the Skillz Girls Naija participants benefit from a girls-targeted intervention that creates a safe space for adolescent girls to play non-competitive soccer, take action in their community, learn about Sexual and Reproductive Health, have vital conversations about HIV and AIDS and develop critical life management skills for their advancement.
(Learn more about GRS here: http://www.grassrootsoccer.org/)