Indeed. Over the last decade, a lot of academic research has been executed on the impact sports can have on development. This has resulted in proof of the positive effects of sports for development (that is: if it is applied in the right way). ISA collects, develops and spreads relevant research results.
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In our partner countries, we work together with local governments, educational and sports institutes, embassies, (I)NGOs and grassroots organizations. Particularly the latter play a crucial role in empowering young people through sports. Of all organizations, they are closest to the local communities, know best which approaches work and have a direct connection with young people.
Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA) is a leading not-profit community based organization. in Kenya. Founded in 2001, TYSA inspires and empowers young people to develop knowledge, obtain skills and improve their socio-economic status. It does so by increasingly getting them in touch with sports, education, training and livelihood opportunities. Through a network of over 50 volunteers, over 5,000 young people annually participate in TYSA’s sports activities. TYSA is a co-founding member of the Kenya Sport for Development Partnership (KSDP), ISA’s network of partners in Kenya.More about KSDP here
ISA supports its local partners to set up and continuously improve up-to-date, well-designed Sport for Development programmes and activities.
By using and stimulating sports as a non-formal learning tool, we create an impact on the lives of young people in three areas:
ISA’s work stems from a theory of change built on the conviction that a well-designed sport programme can provide access to resources, and build and develop life skills. This promotes behaviour change. The life skills focus on practical thinking, behavioural- and entrepreneurial skills. Our programmes are about learning, sharing and putting the acquired skills, knowledge and attitude into practice.
Harry Supheert is one of ISA’s key experts on sports leadership and life skills. “I have been involved in developing the curriculum and capacity for sports leadership and life skills in various countries, for instance in Egypt, Indonesia and Surinam. ISA promotes a curriculum built upon the principles of experiential learning. It combines life skills education with sports practice. Trainers like me facilitate the development of locally applicable methodologies, by combining ISA’s curriculum with local expertise, knowledge and experience. These methodologies are then transferred to local implementing organizations and educational institutes. One of the organizations in Indonesia that benefited from our support is Rumah Cemara.”More about Rumah Cemara here