Why Sport Can Make a Difference
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was only despair.” Nelson Mandella.
According to the Uganda population census, there are 247,749 young people aged 19 and below in Kamwenge district in 2014. Total population in Rwamwanja sub-county in 2014 is 31,954 for Nationals and 40,187 for refugees. A UNHCR report (January 2018), indicates there are over 9,000 young people aged 5-17 in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement.
According to the Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities (ERPRHC) in Uganda (2018), 58.2% of children in the refugee community were in primary school, while only 11.3% were able to attend Secondary education. 17.9% of children in the host community were able to attend Secondary education, according to a Ministry of Education survey that covered 8 refugee hosting districts; Adjumani, Arua, Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kiryandongo, Kyegerwa, Moyo and Yumbe.
A large population of the young people in Rwamwanja are at a risk of continuing the same lifestyle they currently face into adulthood, unless they make a radical decision to significantly improve their lifestyle today. The introduction of Bora Sport in Rwamwanja is aiming at improving the lifestyle of young people through sport.
‘Bora’ is a Swahili word for ‘Best’. It’s linked to ‘Ubora’ which means ‘Quality’.
Bora Sport is an edu-sport initiative designed to find individuals and groups with keen interest in sport and enhancing their effectiveness through integrated training and provision of resources essential for their holistic development.
Under this program we develop leaders and enable them to run effective sports ministry programs with significant impact on overarching problems young people face, such as hygiene, motivation to stay in school and being active as well as communicating other information critical for their spiritual and social development.