It was fun and excitement as 45 Girl Power Club members from Nazarene and St. Catherine’s Primary schools gathered at Sadili Oval for their Sports Day on 17th June 2017. The weather was great and all activities were carried out outdoors.
The day kicked off with an insightful life skills session on ‘Body Image’ facilitated by staff (Social educators) including Trizah Mboya, Aurelia Mito, June Etyang, Philippa Mtamira and Jemimah Manga. The onset of puberty causes many body changes that can attract the attention of others as well as initiate critical self-analysis in a young person. This interest in appearance is driven by a strong need to be accepted and to fit in, and it’s particularly common among adolescent girls. These girls often don’t get the forum to openly discuss what they feel about body image and yet, its effects on self-esteem can be especially powerful during the teenage years. It is for this reason that the Social educators sought to use this sports day to address this important but often ignored aspect of growth. They sent out a powerful message on the importance of self-love and self-acceptance and answered all the questions the girls had.
The life skills session was followed by sports where the girls,together with Sadili staff, had a chance to play football, rugby, netball and basketball. The girls were divided into four groups and by the end of the event, each person had played every sport. The day ended with a delicious lunch that was enjoyed by everyone.
“I have enjoyed myself so much, and learnt a lot about appreciating and taking care my body,” commented Esther Akinyi, a pupil at Nazarene Primary school. “I wish it could go on longer than it did!”
Our Girl Power Sport Days are organized to bring together Girl Power Clubs from various schools to participate in sports and acquire important life skills in a collaborative learning atmosphere.
We are grateful to all the partcipants and everyone who worked hard to sees this day successful.