International Inspiration is the official legacy programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its target is to enrich the lives of 12 million children in 20 countries around the world by encouraging them to take part in physical education, sport and play. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation directly supports the Tanzania element of the programme, which aims to engage 400,000 young people from five Tanzanian regions by 2014 with a package of sports based activities, mentoring support and life skills education.
Tanzania’s current social problems include a tragically high rate of mortality due to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and malaria and worrying drop-out rates in schools, where many spending just five years in the classroom. This has resulted in many people becoming trapped in a low-skilled, low-income environment.
With the Tanzanian Government recently re-introducing PE and sport in schools and the launch of a national sport strategy, the opportunity now exists to put in place this programme which will train teachers, provide facilities and resources for sport in schools and the community and strengthen leadership, coaching and administration in sports governing bodies and clubs.
International Inspiration Tanzania will initially focus in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mwaza and Sangea and will work in collaboration with local authorities and communities.
The programme will drive positive change by: