The Football Association of Malawi in conjunction with FIFA is conducting a three-day Football for Schools (F4S) workshop at Mpira Village in Blantyre.
Football for Schools (F4S) is a programme run by FIFA in collaboration with UNESCO, which aims at contributing to the education, development, and empowerment of around 700 million children across the World.
Launched in 2019, the project seeks to promote social activities and offer football content together with life skills to children between 4-14 years.
A total of 35 sports teachers and eight trainer of trainers from the Southwest and Shire Highlands Education Divisions are taking part in the workshop
Malawi is the 20th FIFA Member Association to benefit from the projects which seeks to make football more accessible to both boys and girls around the world by incorporating football activities into the education system.
According to the World Football governing body, the programme was designed to promote targeted life skills and competencies through football and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other priorities.
The workshop will be followed by a national launch at Mpira Village on Friday.
It is expected that a total of 120 Primary Schools from across the country will be targeted during the pilot phase of the project and according to FAM Technical director Benjamin Kumwenda, teachers from the remaining Education Divisions will from next week undergo the similar workshop.
The F4S programme seeks to achieve four key objectives which include: to empower learners (boys and girls) with valuable life skills and competencies; to empower and provide coach-educators with the training to deliver sport and life-skills activities; to build the capacity of stakeholders (schools, MAs and public authorities) to deliver training in life skills through football and to strengthen the cooperation between governments, MAs and participating schools to enable partnerships, alliances and intersectoral collaboration
FIFA Football for Schools consultants Antonio Buenaño Sánchez and Alberto Goacomini are facilitating the workshop.