Sports For Development
Over the years of mankind, it has been established that sports is an activity that transforms the individual and society. In leisure and competition, sports is a tool for development.
The many disciplines of sports give the flexibility and variety for developing and sustaining interest. It is equally an activity or collection of activities that defies a person’s societal standing in admitting participation. The history of sports is replete with many grass to grace stories, poor to rich scenarios and peace building.
It is with this mind-set that Ananseman Play House enters deprived communities and engages the people into looking at the possibility of using sports to do the following;
- Provide platform for introspection.
- Provide platform for individual excellence.
- Encourage collective play or team spirit.
- Bring a large number of people to one place; this provides the opportunity to put across messages to a wider audience.
- 5. Nurture people through participation in the sporting disciplines.
Ananseman Play House chose to pick one disciple that though has transformed individual lives from poverty to riches, has issues due to its violent nature and known health issues of some successful practitioners;
Former World Boxing Champions, Joshua Clottey, Nana Yaw Konadu, Joseph Abeko and Azuma Nelson were the resource persons who variously answered questions put to them by children and young people.
Children and young people listened with rapt attention with some admitting shedding tears in the course of the narrations by these world grates. They were all quick to let children and young people understand that getting out of poverty enjoined one to contribute to causes that will correct the imbalances in the world that children and young people were talking about in the works.
The programme is a hands-on project, whereby the whole community is involved in finding lasting solutions to community based issues. The educated and uneducated children and young people in the locality work together as a team with supervisors from the region guiding them. This competition is amongst the 10 regions in Ghana, the best region is one who will be able to succeed in the task at hand, with the community testifying to the success of the project completed.
We have done the introduction of the programme to many of the communities and they are eager to get it going.