SAT Zambia through the SAT YOUTH HUB, partnered with Africa Directions and Chiparamba Breakthrough Sports Academy, a community organisation in Lusaka, to host a five-day sporting event. SAT and its partners are supported by the Swedish Embassy in Zambia to undertake this unique event from 4-8 December 2016.
The event mainly focusses on soccer as the main sporting code and provides information to young people and adolescents on HIV, STIs, Teenage Pregnancies, Early and Forced Marriages and Gender Based Violence.
The soccer events target more than 2 000 young people and was officially opened by the Swedish Ambassador to Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Henrik Cederin, on Sunday 04 December 2016 in the Mtendere Township in Lusaka.
Mr. Henrik Cederin highlighted that the health education that forms part of the five-day event, resonated well with the theme of the Embassy’s Regional Team on SRHR which focusses on Improved SRHR for All. The Ambassador implored young people to use the opportunity provided by the event to learn new things.
He stressed the need for adolescents and young people to be informed and to stay healthy.
In remarks made by the SAT Zambia Country Director, Zoonadi Ngwenya, Mr Ngwenya encouraged participants to visit the SAT Youth Hub to learn and access information on HIV and SRHR. The opening ceremony was characterised by music and dance by Africa Directions.
The Ambassador was accompanied to the opening session of the event by his wife, Alexsandra. After the opening speeches, the Ambassador and the SAT Zambia Country Director took part in the first soccer game played by the under 10 years.
SAT looks forward to an event filled with sports, short talks on youth and adolescent health, HIV Counselling and Testing and activities such as poetry, drama and dance by Africa Directions.