2-4-1 Africa

About 2-4-1 Africa

Nairobi, Kenya and Kitwe, Zambia

2-4-1 Sports is thrilled to announce its collaboration with Wellness for Greatness, Kenya and the Care Sport Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia. 

In December 2023, 2-4-1 Executive Director Steve Boyle and Chief Operating Officer, Kerry Boyle traveled to Nairobi and Kitwe. Their mission: To provide hands-on training to local coaches and counselors, and personally deliver the TOP Self Sports program to the spirited children in both communities  Taking cues from our work with underserved communities in the US, the team emphasized not so much the nature of the sport, but the power of sport as a medium to impart social-emotional learning through the TOP (Thinking On Purpose) Self approach.

What sets the TOP Self approach apart? It stands as a truly unique global framework leveraging sports to teach the nuances of social-emotional learning and focusing on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, specifically goals number three (Good Health and Well-being) and four (Quality Education).

Adding to the uniqueness of the 2-4-1 Top Self Sports program is its ‘Physical Literacy Pals’ (PLPs) model. Here, older participants undergo training to work alongside coaches, acting as mentors and guides for their younger peers. This setup promotes a positive environment across age groups, encourages anti-bullying sentiments, and is fantastic for ensuring older students grasp both sports and TOP Self skills. As the saying goes: “To teach is to learn twice.”

The PLP model proves mutually beneficial, fostering a rich learning experience for all involved. It’s not just about mastering the sport, but about harnessing its principles to shape character and nurture life skills.

We were inspired by the educators, teachers and students. Our journey proved to be a ripple of positive change and empowerment across the entire African continent.

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2-4-1 Wellness for Greatness, Kenya

Wellness for Greatness (W4G) Kenya, founded in 2018, is a devoted non-governmental organization that champions health and wellness across various demographic groups including schoolchildren, youths, adults, and the broader community. Through pioneering programs focused on preventive health education, W4G equips Kenyans with essential health and wellness knowledge.

W4G operates on the core belief that maintaining health, fitness, and activity are crucial throughout life’s stages. Since 2019, 2-4-1 has partnered with W4G, significantly contributing to their efforts. In December 2023, 2-4-1 conducted hands-on training at the MYSA center, engaging over 150 youth and 35 local educators, many from Kenyatta University. Building on this success, the 2-4-1 TOP Self Sport Pilots will officially launch in May 2024, further enhancing their impact on Kenyan communities.

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2-4-1 Zambia

After a visit to Kitwe, Zambia, by 2-4-1 Co-Founder’s Stephen and Kerry Boyle, who conducted training sessions with over 30 local educators, the partnership between 2-4-1 and the Care Sport Foundation has fully taken off. This collaboration focuses on integrating physical literacy and social emotional learning for vulnerable children.

Led by Stephen Chandra, the training has kickstarted the ‘Top Self’ programming, which is now fully operational both during and after school hours. With these initiatives, 2-4-1 is dedicated to expanding their reach throughout Kitwe schools and communities, leveraging sports as a transformative tool for the wellbeing of Zambia’s youth

 

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