Pride eyes: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Words: Charlotte Harvey
- Images: Matea Ilieva
- Edited by: Michael Hendricks
After driving over 500km from Moshi, we arrived at our final stop in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam. Our first challenge: to park in the Wista’s Inn car park, but Damian made it look easy!
On the Sunday, we went to Zanzibar. After a brief ferry crossing, we arrived in Stone Town and split up for various activities. Michael and Patrick spent the day diving. Rebecca, Olivia and myself visited the old slave market and wandered around the island. Finlay, Hal, Lloyd, Christian and Will took a boat out to one of the smaller surrounding islands. Matea, Sofia and Damian explored the island and visited the Darajani Market. The day was a beautiful introduction to what our last week in Tanzania had to offer.
Then it was straight back to work. Monday started off with orientation, so we all climbed into Nala to visit the headmasters and teachers. Alongside G4S Tanzania, we managed to visit all ten schools in the morning.
That afternoon, we carried out a coach education session for all the teachers. Many had a strong understanding of the game; it was good to see the impact of these sessions and the legacy Bhubesi Pride Foundation is leaving behind. The aim of the session was to develop their knowledge and show the importance of positive feedback. The Pride members took on the roles of children to allow the teachers to practice giving positive feedback and how to adapt to different coaching scenarios.
“Bhubesi Pride Foundation is doing an amazing job coaching us and the children. We all learnt a lot in our session. We have learnt some important skills as well as the importance of the PRIDE values.”
Magera Munyaga: PE teacher, Bongoyo School
Patrick and Olivia led a leadership workshop with G4S Tanzania employees at head office. This was followed up by the rest of the team meeting G4S Tanzania employees and the Managing Director of G4S Tanzania, Michael Gyapah.
“The last couple of days have been an eye opener. It’s been exciting, educative and certainly a value-add to the Tanzanian children who came out in such numbers. Seeing the excitement in the kids’ faces during tournaments I’m sure makes all the hard work worth it.
The impact and the experience is memorable for the G4S staff, the kids and the Pride coaches.”
Michael Gyapah, Managing Director, G4S Tanzania
As well as our daily coaching sessions, we had the incredible opportunity to work with some special needs children from one of the local schools. The children were so incredibly happy to see us and really enjoyed their day. I’ve never seen children smiling so much. The children learnt basic passing and catching skills and played a few games with us – we were all so grateful for the time we shared.
The coaching weeks wouldn’t be the same without the fantastic assistance of G4S Tanzania. The employees worked closely alongside the Pride coaches throughout the week, providing food, bottled water and valuable life skills to the children, as well as helping our team with some coaching assistance.
DAR ES SALAAM COACHING PROGRAM IN NUMBERS
- Number of participating schools/communities: 10 (Victoria, Makumbusho, Hananasif, Mkunguni, Mapambano, Shekilango, Bongoyo, Oysterbay, Gilman and Mapinduzi primary schools)
- Number of children coached: 344
- Boy / girl ratio: 55 / 45
- Number of participating local coaches: 8
- Number of participating local coaches awarded a BPF coach certificate: 7
The week came to a close with our tournament day.
The children, Pride members and G4S Tanzania employees all celebrated a successful week with plenty of rugby and, of course, dancing. G4S Tanzania provided the food and refreshments as well as a DJ and the trophies. The staff also helped Pride members with essential logistics throughout the day.
“The one thing we should keep working on is the continuity of our programs. The teachers can keep on providing the skills and values thanks to Bhubesi Pride Foundation.
The opportunity to visit the special needs children moved us all on from just rugby to really touching some needs in the community.
I’m beyond happy with the partnership and I really hope it’s going to continue from strength to strength.”
Imelda Lutebinga, Head of Human Resources, G4S Tanzania
As the week came to an end and the next adventure gets set to begin, we reflected on our time in Dar es Salaam. We all felt that we have left the children with more knowledge and skills, not just in rugby but also the PRIDE values. It has been a phenomenal experience knowing that we have built on a growing legacy for Bhubesi Pride Foundation, that is only going to continue with future Pride members, the charity and all its stakeholders.