Children’s achievement and socialization through sport
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Niger’s youth Olympiad

The State of Niger launched (with support from the Cooperation service of the French Embassy, a sport project ‘Niger’s Youth Olympiad’, aiming at boosting physical and sport from primary school onward.

The project relies on the franco-nigerien educational and cultural network, with the Niamey and Zinder CCFN, the Agadez and Maradi Alliance Française, the La Fontaine French High School in Niamey.
OJEN implemented 4 regional team projects, each involving a dozen persons, conducted by a national organization office, based at the CCFN Jean Rouch in Niamey.

Its principle involves organizing mixed sport meetings (with girls and boys in each sport) during the 2019/2020 school year, and the 4th 2020 term. 36,000 children from 60 primary schools located in 4 towns (Niamey, Agadez, Maradi, Zinder) are concerned.
400 teachers have been trained in Sport and Physical Education and each participation schools has been fitted out : jumpers for children, track suits for teachers, balls for football, rugby, volley-ball, equipment for athletics and langa, and first-aid kits.

Inter-regional meetings

The first Sport and Cultural Youth Olympiads took place in Zinder from February 29th to March 1st, gathering several thousand pupils from the 4 regions involved in the project.

From October 23rd to 25th, Maradi organized its own regional meeting, gathering 20 pupils from Maradi, 10 from Tibiri, and 10 from Dogondoutchi and Dankassari, within the Orsay Dogondoutchi and Cesson-Dankassari decentralized cooperations, namely : 5 pupils from Dankassari (3 boys, 2 girls) and 5 pupils from Dogondoutchi (3 girls and 2 boys). Not counting the pupils coming from other regional delegations : alltogether 100 participants. The competitions included : cross country race, football, and langa, with sport shows (martial arts, vortex, taekondo, rugby, volley-ball) and cultural activities martial arts.

Arewa’s Youth local Olympiads

Within the OJEN, “Football and Cross Country inter school Olympiad” have been organized, due to take place in both Dogondoutchi and Dankassari, within the Dogondoutchi and Dankassari Decentralised Cooperation.

The Olympiads are implemented, conducted and supervised by Arewa Football Club, namely: the 9 members of the Administration Board of the AFC, the 22 players of the department’s team, their 3 coaches, the Sport Education teachers. It benefits from the organization support of RAIL and RAEDD, the facilities devoted to the Orsay-Dogondoutchi and Cesson- Dankassari, as well as from primary schools management federation: COGES.
In both districts, the third and fourth grades in four primary schools are involved in organizing mixed soccer Olympiads, and 18 sixth and seventh grades in middle school are s involved in organizing mixed cross country Olympiads.

The Olympiads last over 7 months, from October 2020 to April 2021. In February 2021, Also Saïdou, president of the AFC opened the Olympiads with the first trainings.
A photo report funded by AESCD was achieved by the Nigerien photographer Abdoul Aziz Soumaïla. That exhibition (Inter School Dogondoutchi Dankassari Olympiads) was exhibited early in June at the Niger CCFN. It is published on Tatbiyya Tatali’s website.

The winning team, from Dogondoutchi, was invited in Niamey on June 16th within the International African Child Day