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ChildFund Pass It Back rugby competition hosts 1,500 players

Released at: 16:58, 29/10/2018

ChildFund Pass It Back rugby competition hosts 1,500 players

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Competition held in Hoa Binh province on October 28.

by Hai My

A total of 108 group-stage matches for children and young people in rural areas were held in the ChildFund Pass It Back rugby competition on October 28.

Held within the framework of Sport for Development, ChildFund Pass It Back was held in Kim Boi district in northern Hoa Binh province with the participation of nearly 1.500 children and young people.

The rugby competition is a sporting event held during every mid-season of ChildFund Pass It Back program. It is a meaningful activity aiming to create a quality playground and promote children’s’ rights to play.

Twenty-four semi-finals and a final were played with the participation of a total of 70 teams from ten communes. Players were children from 11 to 16 years old.

Life skill lessons are also a very important part of ChildFund Pass It Back. This season, 1,000 children and young people are learning about reproductive health while 500 others are studying gender issues.

Ms. Ngan, an active member of ChildFund Pass It Back, said after winning a silver medal with her team: “I feel very happy. This is my first time participating in a competition like this and my team and I will practice harder in order to get another medal next season.”

As a Sport for Development program for vulnerable children and young people, every year there are 3,200 children and young people in Hoa Binh province participating in ChildFund Pass It Back. With 8,400 hours of lessons, including 2,100 lessons on life skills, participants have been equipped with leadership skills and gained knowledge on different topics such as gender equality, reproductive health, and anti-violence.

After last season’s focus on gender issues, ChildFund Pass It Back has achieved positive outcomes, with the participation rate between male and female being 50-50 (589 female players and 585 male players). Over 80 per cent of surveyed male players agreed that everyone deserved equal respect in their relationships regardless of gender, which increased 12 per cent compared to the survey before the start of the season. Female players recognized their own capacities and strengths to address their own problems and tackle issues they feel are important. Sixty per cent of surveyed female players disagreed with the statement that “when I have a problem, it is best to wait for someone to give me a solution.”

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