||GOAL – Reaching New Heights
Goal uses netball and life skills education to transform the lives of young underprivileged girls in India, on and off the court.
Since 2006 Naz India has implemented the Goal Programme (http://www.goal-girls.com/), a collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiative that links the private and NGO sectors and uses team sports – in this case netball – as a vehicle for social inclusion. Goal is a community programme with transformational impact; it builds self-confidence and gives adolescent girls a better chance at life. Transform the lives of young disadvantaged girls and young women. The program empowers adolescent girls living in urban settings for personal and economic development, providing knowledge and offering a safe place to play.
The programme is funded by Standard Chartered Bank. Goal is a Standard Chartered Community Investment initiative, run in partnership with local and international NGOs.
Women’s empowerment is central to the values of Standard Chartered Bank and critical to economic development. Women represent a large customer and talent segment for the business. The Bank understands that women will drive economic growth in their communities in the future.
Netball Australia’s partnership with Goal as a strategic partner through Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) makes this program even stronger. Netball Australia provides technical support to deliver high quality netball activities and competitions for adolescent girls from the ages of 12 to 19 in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Goal is offered twice a week; each session includes a mix of netball and Life Skill education modules. The programme participants are between the ages of 12 and 19 and come from families that earn less than $2 a day. Goal’s education is focused on four key life skills: promotion of self-confidence, communication skills, health and hygiene, and financial literacy. Once girls complete Goal, those interested are invited to become Goal Champions. The Goal Champions are trained to deliver the programme themselves, allowing us to quickly scale and replicate the model.
2011-2012 has been a very significant year for Goal India. In 2010-2011 the programme had reached out to
731 while in 2011-2012 the programme made a big leap in the reach out and recruited
1921 girls in Goal across the 3 cities. This enhanced enrolment validated that the programme strategies were effective and through the year the programme consolidated its implementations and rolled the programme in
17 sites across 3 cities reaching out to 1921 girls. The total number of girls reached out to by the Goal program since its inception until the 31st of March 2012 is
Goal’s impact is personal and transformational. "[Before Goal, my family said clean, cook, and that’s your life. And there was this line that was drawn that we could never cross. But now the line is going backwards. And we are just, you know, coming out, we have crossed it. And now we have realised that our life is not just limited to washing clothes, washing utensils, or cooking. ]”
Goal Delhi Netball League 2011-2012
Goal Delhi has introduced a Double Round Robin Netball League this year. This Netball league has been conceptualized to provide a platform to young girls from disadvantaged communities to participate in netball tournaments, to compete with each other and to showcase their achievement in Netball. This year, 6 teams representing 6 community/school sites in Delhi where The Naz Foundation is presently implementing the
The League supplements the efforts put in by the Naz Foundation in their sports based women’s empowerment program. It helps the Goal girls by providing a platform to showcase their Netball skills in an organized environment. The League started with a lot of enthusiasm from the participants.
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