Sport and Play as Tools for Learning

2cheze’s approach to addressing SRHR challenges through the use of sport and play as tools to increase knowledge, as well as change attitudes and behaviours amongst youth and their communities.

Research shows that sport and play are effective tools for increasing knowledge on how to prevent communicable and non-communicable diseases (SPD IWG 2008). It is important for youth to gain knowledge on vital health issues relating to SRHR but also the confidence to make healthy choices so that they can protect themselves from diseases, and reduce high-risk behaviors. Learning through sport and play allows children and youth to actively engage with, and enjoy the learning process while enhancing social connectedness between students and teachers. Straight Talk, through 2CHEZE fosters learning in this way which help break down barriers to discussing sensitive issues and creates an environment more conducive to open, straight communication (Right to Play).

Sport and play are effective vehicles for teaching children and youth important life skills such as team-building, communication, decision-making and problem solving, while encouraging the acquisition of positive attitudes and values. Life skills are critical in supporting decision making for children and youth and their development through each stage of life. For adolescents in particular, sport and play can increase self-esteem and facilitate identity formation through relationship-building and enhanced access to leadership opportunities (Koss 2011: 2).