On Sunday, January 12, 2020 a team of ten Tanzanians will arrive in Washington, DC as part of a fourteen day female empowerment project to empower girls and young women through basketball and sport. This two-way exchange project is a collaboration through the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy division in conjunction with World Learning and Athletes for Hope. During the fourteen-day inbound program, Tanzanian participants will engage in educational, cultural, and sport-based activities. Each activity on the schedule is in response to the goals put forth in this proposal, including increased leadership skills, healthy decision-making, confidence, inclusion, cross-cultural understanding, female empowerment, and youth development.
The girls will experience cultural, educational and sport-related exchange opportunities while in the DC area. The young women will participate in site visits to area schools, nonprofits, university campuses, cultural sites and engage in basketball and other sport-related activities geared to empower, educate and connect them to greater learning. Educational workshops will be provided to allow for cultural discussion, create shared learning opportunities and establish practical action plans to bring home to their communities across Tanzania.
In the spring of 2020, American players and representatives will head to Tanzania to complete the two-way cultural exchange. The outbound program will include cultural and educational visits, and trainings and workshops conducted by American participants to support sports-based youth development projects in Tanzania.