In collaboration with the Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Education, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in August this academic year will share 30,000 footballs to 3,000 public schools nationwide.
The distribution of the footballs, the Ghana Football Association in a blog post sighted by AcademicWeek.com said forms part of the FIFA Football for Schools project scheduled to be launched on August 10 to August 12, 2023.
“As part of the project, there will be training of selected PE Teachers from all the regions in Ghana by FIFA Specialists as Trainee Trainers. The trained teachers will then train other PE Teachers in their respective regions,” GFA said in the post.
The football project follows the approval of the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) application for the FIFA Football for Schools Programme for implementation in accordance with the necessary FIFA guidelines.
“After a thorough review of the documentation provided, the FIFA Football for Schools administration has decided to approve your application to start implementing the programme in Ghana,” Director, FIFA Football for Schools, Fatimata Sidibe said.
The FIFA Football for Schools administration will work with GFA to coordinate the release of the Football for Schools mobile app in Ghana, as well as to provide appropriate training and capacity-building support for users (selected public schools in Ghana).
“The 30,000 footballs will be sent to Ghana by FIFA and it is expected that the Education Ministry will facilitate the clearing of the footballs for the timely start of the program and equitable distribution to schools in all regions,” the Football Association stated.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) in the blog post indicated it is working with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education (MoE) on this programme to benefit students between the ages of 10 to 14 years.
“The Association will also ensure that there is gender parity as all schools selected are mixed schools. This programme will further support GFA’s project to introduce football to young girls as early as possible to increase girls’ participation in football,” it noted.
President of GFA, Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku reacting to the application approval said This programme will benefit the Schools and Colleges as a member of the Association and many PE Teachers and students between ages 10 to 14.
The GFA will continue to work assiduously with its partners, FIFA, the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure the success of this excellent programme” The Ghana Football Association (GFA) President said.