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The SKILLZ-Based Curricula

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YEDI’s Skillz Curriculum based Programmes:

To enhance programme learning, outcomes and impact, YEDI’s flagship programme - ‘Skillz Naija’, is offered via four-pronged training modules stratified by age and gender through in-school and out-of-school approaches:

BASIC SKILLZ - a youth-based and evidence-supported interactive HIV and malaria prevention, and life skills curriculum designed for ages 10 to 13.

ADVANCED SKILLZ - which targets Nigerian adolescents aged 13 to16 using soccer, its language, and metaphors and other physical activities to address key behaviours that drive the spread of HIV/AIDS, other STIs as well as malaria education.

SKILLZ GIRL - an evidence-based intervention for girls aged 13-19, educating them on HIV prevention, sexuality and life skills and empowering them with basic information to make healthy choices about their sexual and reproductive health using the game of soccer and other physical activities which help them to build interpersonal relationships, encourage positive self-image, and develop negotiation and leadership skills.

SKILLZ GUYZ - an adopted curriculum for boys aged 13 to 19, tailored to provide information on HIV prevention, Sexual, Reproductive Health, gender inequality issues, substance abuse, and sexual violence.

The Skillz based curricula is a comprehensive coach-guide curriculum/toolkit focusing on building basic life skills that help children between the ages of 11-16 adopt healthy behaviours and live risk-free by creating a simple but powerful connection between soccer and life skills. The program helps young people have relevant and important discussions about life, take small steps to achieve their goals, stay strong when faced with challenges and protect themselves and others from diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

The Skillz Naija program meaningfully engages young people and give them a safe platform to play football, have fun, learn healthy habits, personal development and important life skills and be educated about prevention of endemic diseases such as Malaria and HIV, using Grassroot Soccer’s Skillz Naija curriculum where soccer and its language, as well as funny but engaging and educative games and catch-phrases, are used to deliver the curriculum.

Delivered as both an in-school and out-of-school curriculum, over 137,000 young Nigerians have graduated from the program who have been equipped with relevant information to take healthy decisions, avoid risky behaviours and prevent themselves and others from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, etc.

To foster increased impact and target more underserved youth and communities, YEDI also innovatively deploys the Skillz Naija Programmes using the SKILLZ Holiday Camp and Community Outreach approaches:

SKILLZ HOLIDAY CAMP - a 5-day intervention organized during the long holiday, providing a safe space for young people to learn healthy habits, be educated about prevention of HIV/AIDS, and Malaria, an opportunity to acquire soft skills and craft training and life management skills for economic empowerment using football and other physical activities, as well as access to HIV Testing Services.

COMMUNITY OUTREACHES - YEDI also empowers and educates young people and communities by providing them with sexual and reproductive health awareness and life skills through innovative and volunteer-based approaches centred around special events like World Malaria Day (commemorated annually on April 25) and World AIDS Day (annually venerated on December 1). YEDI, in collaboration with private and public sector partners, carries out awareness and biomedical services like HIV Testing Services, Malaria testing, and treatment, referrals, etc. during international commemoration days.


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Basic SKILLZ practice: learning while having fun 


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