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FIFA Football for Schools launches in Rwanda!

The Rwanda Football Association (FERWAFA) has become the 50th member association to implement FIFA’s hugely successful Football for Schools (F4S) programme, following a launch event in Kigali.

The event was attended by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Rwanda’s state Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education Mr Twagirayezu Gaspard, the Rwandan Minister of Sport, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, FERWAFA President Olivier Mugabo, FIFA Senior Football Advisor Youri Djorkaeff and FIFA Legends Houssine Kharja, Amanda Dlamini and Herita Ilunga – and involved 100 local schoolchildren aged between 4-12 years.

Speaking at the launch, which took place at the Stade de IPRC in the Kicukiro of Kigali, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura highlighted the programme’s impact, as it continues to expand across Africa – and the world.

“This programme has one ambition; through the beautiful game, to teach life skills to children,” she said. “To make them more tolerant to diversity, to make them embrace the differences they see in other genders, to be more alert to the world we are living in and to protect the environment. There will also be learning; how to respect their country, how to respect their elders, how to respect the community. How to accept to lose. How to analyse failure and to bounce back and get ready for new challenges.”

The FIFA Secretary General continued: “This programme aims to make our children – the 700 million school children around the world – best citizens, and better agencies for change. In Rwanda we have already trained 27 coach educators – meaning that the programme is ready to be rolled out in 4,000 schools, and very soon 20,000 footballs will be dispatched to this country to start getting the ball rolling. To make your children, our children, better actors of development.”

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