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Malawi’s Women in Leadership Sports Program leads SADC

Three young women in Sport, Regina Dembo, Cynthia Masingati and Wakissa have successfully completed an online Certified Leadership Course.

The course which was aimed at strengthening skills and competence in planning and organising physical activities and sport for all within communities, commenced on July 15 and ran up to the 11 September 2020.

A total of 30 participants including the trio took part in the course organised by the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 in collaborating with the Association for International Sports for all (TAFISA) for the programme.

During the period, the mentees were drilled in sports for all and physical activity, event management, marketing and public relations, leadership and safe sports, community club formation inclusive sport, managing finances as well as communication and clean sport for all among others.

Cynthia Masingati (27), very pasionate about sports, holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Education  and currently teaches at Chembera Secondary School in Balaka,  is an athletics coach attached to athletics in Schools.

Masingati says this course has acted as a stepping stone for her to further her career through sports.

“I have attained skills on how to promote sports in the country, how to make sports avaialble to every including those with intellectual and physical disabilities and this is apart from acquiring a deep sense of responsibility.

“Through the skills and knowledge acquired i plan to conduct awareness campaigns on sports for all activities as well as recruit volunteers and create a local  local community club where people can meet and play traditional clubs.

Suffice to add that the three of us will also be working hand in hand in order to implement knowledge acquired”,  Cynthia said.

Another participant Regina (32),  a  Social Science Degree holder, business person, is a volunteer tennis coach for Special Olympics Malawi, acting General Secretary for Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi and Treasurer for a recreational group called Team Loving Tennis.

She tells SWAM365 that the online Certified Leadership Course skills acquired are not applicable to sports for all only but can as well be transferred the day to lives such as at work places or in businesses

Regina then reveals intentions by the trio to develop a Sports for All concerpt in Malawi.

“Sports in general in malawi focus a lot on performance sport and neglect districts recreation schemes that offers basic sports such as traditional sports

So we are working towards coming up with a concept for sports for all in Malawi so that everybody benefits from this course through us”, she said.

Similar, sentiments were also shared by Wakissa Yatina Kapalamula,  a basketball player who took part in the Online Certified Leadership Course as well.

A Sports Science Lecturer at Malawi University of Science and Technology and one of the facilitators Ivy Kondowe-Chinangwa describes to SWAM365 that this development as landmark, especially now that the Women in Leadership Program Sports for All tops the list in Southern Africa.

“Certainly, the completion of the online course by the trio adds accolade to the Women in Sports Leadership Program which has just received commendation over its effective implementation.

We have done two sessions in Women Leadershio Program Sports for all and in the southern africa Malawi is leading because the program has also been evaluated by two experts from Johnmore Liverpool University, UK and they are really impressed that we are doing well”, Kondowe said.

All the 30 participants drawn from eight of the 10 Region 5 countries while Angola and Mozambique were not represented.

This is the first time the course is being held online due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the participants were having two-hour classes twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday.

Initially, participants were required to pay for the course but in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Region 5  exempted them from paying the fees.

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