NEWS STORY. 24/05/2023
The Real Madrid Foundation commemorates Africa Day, which is celebrated on 25 May to mark the official creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, the forerunner to the current African Union (AU). Since the launch of the first two socio-sports schools in Morocco and Sierra Leone in the 2006/07 season, the Foundation has worked to promote children's rights through sport on the African continent. Currently, 53 socio-sports projects are being developed in 25 countries, with a total of 10,738 beneficiaries at risk of social exclusion.
The Real Madrid Foundation in Africa maintains an important network of socio-sports schools, free of charge for children, focused on education in values and the generation of safe spaces for the integral development of young people. The main objectives are: to promote schooling and vocational training for children and young people, to reduce school dropout rates, and to educate in the values of peace and citizenship through sport.
To this end, the coach-educators, in collaboration with the main NGOs in the field, receive training under the methodology of the Real Madrid Foundation For a Real Education: Values and Sport. With this, they design exercises and activities focused on the assimilation of values during the game. During the month of May, the most recent ones took place in Kenya, in the cities of Lamu and Kapsabet, where projects are being carried out together with the associations Anidan and Sananda. These are clear examples of care for children in vulnerable situations, many of them orphans, where the socio-sports schools form part of a broad social programme that contributes to the physical health of the children through football. In addition, they receive school reinforcement, medical check-ups and nutritional support that is essential for their development.