Martisans Sports and Cultural Foundation Reinforces Commitment to Sustainable Development Agenda in Ghana
Lack of physical and sporting activities has become one of the major challenges facing less
privileged youth in Ghana and Africa at large. This is mostly due to poverty and other underlining factors. Martisans Sport and Cultural Foundation intervenes with a sports for development philosophy to support community youth and enhance their physical and mental health through sports and cultural activities. Founded in December 2009, the foundation has over the years created the platform for over 5000 boys and girls to participate in sporting and cultural activities. MSCF is a staunch advocate of the UN SDG and going forward, the foundation will implement more community projects to support youth development, women empowerment, cultural activities and environmental protection.
Despite the hardships imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation’s commitment to support youth development is on course. The new module of the ‘Empowering the youth for a bright future through sports’ (EYBFS) project will focus on working with over 100 community clubs within Ghana in a bid to enhance their capacity to provide youth soccer coaching services to 100,000 youth within their various communities. The EYBFS PROJECT currently runs in 5 MSCF designated community school sports parks along the coast of Accra. The beneficiaries of the project are children from the fishing communities along the coast of Accra where illiteracy and poverty are prevalent. The modules employed in this project are the ‘Long Term Athlete Development’ module adopted from Sports for life - Canada, the GIZ Sports for development module and the locally developed community youth soccer training module. Together these modules ensure a regular, structured, and measurable system in place to support the development of youth athletes and further track their progress. The foundation is working to introduce the Flying Disc Game to our community youth in the coming year.
MSCF - Lets Count the Girls (LCG) project is aimed at gender empowerment, supporting our community girls to engage in sports and ending violence and discrimination against them. The project provides the platform for community girls to engage in sports to enhance their mental, physical and psychological health whiles enhancing their self-confidence. The project has so far benefited about 150 girls and the foundation is working on getting more girls to participate. The foundation in 2021 is aiming to increase by 50% female volunteer engagement programs where community girls get to share their knowledge and experience. The foundation will also increase girls’ engagement in managerial and decision making roles in the coming year.
The MSCF Civic Education and Human rights advocacy project is aimed at getting community youth engaged in decision making process at the assembly and community level. This project is aimed at educating the youth especially girls on their civic right with the aim of getting more youth to get engaged in the political activities and other decision making process within their various communities. MSCF is planning to introduce innovative community engagement programs which are expected to reach 30% of community youth leaders by the first half of next year. Through interactive lesson plans, participants
will enhance leadership skills; learn the stories of inspiring change makers in human rights and think critically about the ways in which they can improve human rights in their community.
As part of our environmental protection initiative, the foundation in 2021 will be using mostly environmentally friendly sports training equipment at all our 5 designated sports training sites. These sports training equipment are made by local artisans with canes and are very durable. The impact of these wooden sports training equipment on the environment is quite low and the foundation hopes to replicate this at other regions outside Accra.
The MSCF VOLUNTEER PROJECT is expected to begin by March 2021 as it has started only to be quenched by the Coronavirus pandemic. MSCF believes that foreign volunteers can also participate in the project and lend support whiles building lasting relationship and memories in Ghana. Martisans Sports & Cultural Foundation is working to expand its partnership network in order to enhance project impact
and the capacity of its staff, team members, youth coaches and volunteers. MSCF is therefore calling on all stakeholders worldwide to support in the implementation of the foundations community projects.
Martisans Sports and Cultural Foundation
No.2 Castle Drive Osu
Accra - Ghana
P. O. Box CT 7998 CANTONMENTS, Ghana.
Tel: 00233 244635958
Fax: 00233 21 774341
Mr. Mohamad Chaaraoui
Mr. Desmond Kwame Mantey
Martisans Sports and Cultural Foundation(MSCF) is non-profit NGO based in Accra Ghana. MSCF started providing access to free sporting activities for children in 2009.
Our vision is to empower the youth for a bright future through sports and culture. It is our hope that through our structured sporting, non-sporting and cultural activities, we will equip the children and youth with significant sporting skills to prepare them for a career in sports, or equipped as good citizens with skills capable of contributing to socio-economic development in the community and in the country at large. Our mission is to provide the children and youth along the coastal areas of Accra -Ghana with structured sporting, non-sporting and cultural activities with the aim of enhancing their physical health and as well as mental health. Through these activities, we aim to inculcate informal educational activities that will instill in the children and youth, the sense of peace and unity, love and care for one another
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