The Rwandan Ministry of Education and One World Futbol Project to Distribute 34,200 Nearly Indestructible Soccer Balls throughout Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda — November 22, 2013 — The Ministry of Education today announced it is collaborating with One World Futbol Project to deliver 34,200 Chevrolet-sponsored One World Futbols to organizations working with youth in schools, youth community groups and other disadvantaged communities throughout Rwanda. The nearly indestructible One World Futbol never needs a pump and never deflates–even when punctured multiple times–making it ideal for play in all types of terrain and harsh environments.
The One World Futbols will be distributed to all 4,689 schools (Primary, Secondary & VTC), 200 youth football academies/centres and 82 organizations working with disadvantaged communities in Rwanda. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Football for Hope Peace and Unity(FHPU), the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Rwandan Football Association (FERWAFA), and the Association des Anciens Footballeurs du Rwanda (A.A.F.R), will distribute the balls, which will be used as a tool for teaching life skills to all beneficiaries. The One World Futbols will help to harness the Rwandan government policy for using sport to promote education, rights, equality and social inclusion, and to improve health as well as establishing powerful role models.
The first day of the launch to community teams will take place on Friday, 22nd November 2013 at the Rwanda FA (FERWAFA) training ground at 15h00, where community teams within Remera neighborhood will get together to participate in football festival activities and also celebrate the delivery of the One World Futbols.
On Saturday, 23rd November, more than 600 boys and girls will come together to participate in various sporting activities and also celebrate the deliveries of the One World Futbols at Byimana Groupe Scolaire (South – central of Rwanda). One World Futbols will also be distributed to the school community, who will use the One World Futbols as sports and education development tools.
Uniquely in Rwanda, sports is understood and used as a vehicle for uniting the country at all levels and promoting development. The Ministry of Sport and Culture recognises sports as one of the pillars of social transformation and development in society. The Rwandan Government has adopted a national policy of dedicating Friday afternoons to sports in all public institutions. This national policy has also been widely adopted by the private sector. In schools, there is also a day for sport, which takes place every first Saturday of the month. Pupils throughout the country come together to practice sport of all kind in order to increase the awareness and the importance for participating in sports. This helps to promote the initiative for “Sport for All” program, and also enhances the importance of working as a team. The Country has also embarked on a goal to provide equitable access to sports for all. This is understood to make positive contributions towards public health, national identity, and social harmony.
Creating Lasting Change for the Future
One World Futbol Project makes sells and distributes the One World Futbol, a nearly indestructible ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat—even when punctured. The company’s mission is to make a meaningful impact by bringing the joy of soccer and play to youth around the world through the One World Futbol. Working with corporate sponsors, partners, organizations and consumers worldwide, One World Futbol Project distributes One World Futbols to disadvantaged communities, where play can be used to teach life skills and foster social change.
In May 2012, Chevrolet became the founding sponsor of One World Futbol Project, pledging to donate and support distribution of at least 1.5 million Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols worldwide over three years. The balls are used in programs that provide education, teach essential life skills and encourage conflict resolution to youth living in disadvantaged areas.
To date, the One World Futbol has distributed more than 600,000 One World Futbols in more than 160 countries through hundreds of organizations, impacting an estimated 18 million children and youth worldwide.