A1 Challenge team conducts a basketball skills session with Gayaza Girls school team Credit: A1 Challenge
[/media-credit] A1 Challenge team conducts a basketball skills session with Gayaza Girls school team Credit: A1 Challenge

With the 2017 National Basketball League season looming, women’s side A1 Challenge took time off their training schedule to expand their schools outreach program over the weekend.

The A1 Outreach program is designed to inspire the Girl Child to enhance a better life, education, a life of empowerment and embrace achieving their dreams and becoming role models within their communities and societies.

A1 Challenge teamed up with Non-Governmental Organization AVSI, Uganda through their SKY program to work towards development that is sustainable and capable of responding to the needs of the youth; a project they shared at Gayaza Girls School using basketball as a vehicle of communication and under the theme “Basketball Meets Agribusiness.”

Skilling Youth for Employment in Agribusiness (SKY) is a 5 year project being implemented by AVSI Foundation in Uganda under the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and AVSI Foundation.

The project aims to enhance sustainable creation of employment for youth in the agribusiness sub-sector in over 22 districts located in the four farming zones of Lake Kyoga, Elgon, Lake Victoria Crescent, and South Western Uganda.

Gayaza Girls school, an agricultural-invested school, were the beneficiaries of the A1 Outreach program this time and received basketball skills development as well as knowledge on the importance of agricultural practices as a means of enabling self-sustainability for the girl child and creating jobs in the future.

“It is our primary mandate of developing the Girl Child in a positive direction for success in education, sports, and agriculture as a means to strengthen the capacity of agri-skills providers in a sustainable way to provide marketable and employable skilling,” A1 team manager Carol Kisakye revealed.

A1 Challenge ladies believe that sport & physical activity programs aimed at girls and women foster empowerment and gender equity. Additionally, SKY Education component provides youth with the opportunity to acquire life skills that will enhance their lifestyle.

A1 Challenge and AVSI will be partnering for the implementation of a school based intervention in 8 selected schools in SKY project areas aimed at positively changing the mindset of youth towards agriculture/agribusiness, using sport as a vehicle for engagement.

A1 Challenge will open the 2017 season with a clash against defending champions UCU Lady Canons on May 19.

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