Changing lives through games

Changing lives through games

Children from low-income vulnerable backgrounds have limited access to educational and learning opportunities within their communities. It inevitably affects their ability to choose a profession, build a sustainable career and lead a healthy lifestyle. Even though, there are many organisations across the country that are helping such children get adequate classroom education, most children lack the necessary social and personal skills to interact with the world. To tackle this, over the last years many organisations adopting a sports-based curriculum to help students build soft-skills beyond the classroom learning such as team work, interpersonal communication, problem solving and conflict management.

According to Dasra’s report Power of Play emphasises on how a well-designed sports initiative can play a critical role in enabling a child’s overall development. There is a positive correlation between sport and increased attendance levels, which leads to enhanced classroom behaviour and improved academic achievement. Further, sports has shown to be an effective medium of  developing life skills, enhancing youth’s ability to gain and retain employment.

Dream a Dream is one such organisation that uses sports and art to impart life skills to youth.  The Bengaluru-based non-profit has engaged over 5,500 youth through its After School Life Skills Program. Currently, it has selected four children from its after school football program through a series competitions to represent India at the Street Football Festival 2016 in Lyon, France.

Meet the foursome

“It’s a dream come true,” for Navnita, a class 9 student of Shubhodini English High School, who was always interested in sports but it wasn’t until she was introduced to the Dream a Dream after school program that she started to play football and master the game through her dedication towards the sport. She is extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to another country
for the first time to showcase her talent.

“Proud to be representing my country,” exclaims Manoj, a class 10 student whose father is an auto driver. He says he found a change within himself as his love for the sport began to increase. Always weak in reading because he could not concentrate, Manoj feels his power to concentrate has increased markedly which in turn has  helped him focus and improve on his reading abilities.

“An inspiration to other girls,” says Harshita, a class 10 student of Stella Mary’s school. Her father is unwell and her mother works in a garments factory. Girls are hardly involved in sports and she hopes to inspire and how other girls including her classmates whose families don’t allow them to play that along with studies, sports can help them move ahead too.

“Football teaches discipline,” says Arbaz, a 15-year-old son of an auto driver. When he began playing the game 5 years back, he was a novice but with training and discipline, he has mastered
the techniques. Arbaz also claims that the game has taught him to be more positive in life.

We at Impact Guru are helping the four kids to raise funds to finance their trip to France and participate in the Street Football Festival. How can you help? Go on
and show your support by donating or sharing the campaign with friends and family. The funds raised will help support their training, football gear, visa costs and travel to Lyon, France.

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