Empowering Youth Through Physical Education

  • Let Girls Learn
  • Women & Gender
  • Youth
  • Moldova
This project is led by William Winter, a Volunteer from Kentucky

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Students' participating in a warm-up during physical education.
William is Empowering Youth Through Physical Education to support young women in the community.

The community public school offers classes in physical education for students in grades 1 through 9 (ages 6 to 15) with over 300 (140 girls and 160 boys) students currently enrolled. However, the gymnasium in which these lessons currently take place is plagued with warped and loose boards which were installed over 20 years ago. As a direct result of this, there is a lack of organization, and leadership to support healthy activities for young women in the community. Around 40 young women still stay after school to play volleyball, however, there is a general disinterest in sports and extracurricular activities because of this lack of organization and adequate space. 

86 young women (out of 120 participants of the survey) have expressed interest in participating in local volleyball and basketball tournaments and are willing to explore other sports based to the availability of coaches. Luckily, we have local leaders who are interested in coaching extracurricular activities (volleyball, basketball, martial arts and others) who can be trained in leadership and teambuilding exercises as well as gender norms and bias in order to improve their leadership, teamwork, self-confidence, and overall investment in their community. Finally, our physical education professor, Diana, will be trained in organizational skills in order to create and run a space in which young women can feel empowered by not only having a physical space to grow and learn, but leaders who help them feel capable and confident. This space will become an organized community sports center which provides skills and knowledge building activities for young women.

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