Sport and youth development: the practice of sport-oriented youth development programs in Tanzania
AuthorJohn, Chalukulu Bilinzozi
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2017 Dr. Chalukulu Bilinzozi John
This study explores the practice of youth and life skills development through sport in Tanzania. The study focuses on the quality of practice and the nature of life skills acquisition in selected sport-oriented youth development programs (SOYDPs). Drawing on the Generic Youth Development Framework (GYDF) (Wierenga & Wyn 2011) this study aims to answer one overarching question: To what extent do SOYDPs in Tanzania value young people and enable young people to do things of value? The study employs a mixed-methods approach, including surveys and focus groups, to examine young peoples’ participation in two youth sport organisations in the cities of Dar Es Salaam and Arusha. A total of 123 young people completed the survey and subsequently 20 participants (13 young people, 7 staff and volunteers and program providers/managers) participated in focus group discussions. The results revealed that the strengths of the programs include the support and encouragement they provide to young people in learning and growing through experience and reflection, and engaging young people in the real world by promoting active citizenship. In contrast, the results also showed that programs need to improve in areas that relate to practices pertaining to team building and recognition of young peoples’ strengths. Overall, the results suggest that the SOYDPs positively respond to the needs and wants of young people and that youth development would benefit from an increase in quality research within this growing area in Tanzania.
Keywordssport; youth; youth development; life skills; youth sport; youth sport program; sport-oriented youth development program
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format" and choose "open with... Endnote".
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format". Login to Refworks, go to References => Import References