Football as an agent of change

World cup fever is all over South Africa – and the world – at the moment.  When it all comes to an end, what will be left? A group of people and organisations are working hard to ensure that some of the excitement of 2010 is transformed into a sustainable commitment to social development. Idasa is in partnership to make an impact at grassroots level, forming local communities for young people, celebrating diversity and learning about football, computer literacy and lifeskills.

See more about what’s actually happening in this project here –

The programme presently operates in 11 disadvantaged areas, one in each South African province and one site in both Zimbabwe and Mozambique. These pilot sites include: Phuthaditjhaba, Upington, Evaton North, Somerset West, Mogwase, Umzimkhulu, Mutare, Manica, Somerset East, Siyabuswa and Jane Furse.

Through the involvement of thousands of South Africans, rich, poor, black or white in the Youth Zone Network, this project shows that shared humanity, mutual learning and care can indeed deliver the diversity and hope of a rainbow nation.

See the full article here.

This is a collaborative initiative involving FSSA, the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee (LOC), the Embassy of the Netherlands and Idasa.


One Response

  1. Interesting article.. still I think alot of the FIFA initiatives are really meant to pacify people from being angry at the fact that FIFA has monopolized the Cup and SA may not fully see the rewards. I’m skeptical, but I will give this initiative a chance.

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