The TAFISA VIPS (Volunteer Initiative for Peace through Sport) Programme focuses on Sport for All in Africa and aims at developing a network of trained Sport for All volunteers and managers across the African continent.
The Programme was launched in Darussalam, Tanzania in 2011 when TAFISA President Kang-too Lee donated 3,000 soccer balls to the Tanzania government represented by the Chairman of the National Sports Council of Tanzania.
VIPS Training Course in Sport for All:
Targeted educational programmes to develop leaders in the field of Sport for All with specialisation in key demand areas, including volunteerism, strategy development, integration, peace promotion and socialisation.
VIPS Peace Festivals:
Local, national or international festivals to showcase the vast traditional and cultural importance of Sport for All in Africa and promote understanding and peace between nations (under development).
VIPS African Sport for All Academy:
As the final ‘nucleus’ of the VIPS programme, the Academy will be located in Tanzania and coordinated by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports through the Malya Sports College, and will be responsible for coordination of VIPS and its courses and events, VIPS communications and research and development in the field of Sport for All.
VIPS Volunteer Corps:
A network of trained volunteers across the African continent that will be responsible for local promotion and coordination of VIPS programmes and events at both national and international levels (under development).
UNOSDP: Following a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UNOSDP, under the chair of Mr. Wilfried Lemke, was appointed to be the responsible UN agency.
UNESCO: In October 2011 TAFISA and UNESCO signed a partnership agreement on the VIPS programme.
Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports of Tanzania: With the efforts of TAFISA Vice President for Africa, Leonard Thadeo, the Ministry has agreed to become the central contact point for the VIPS Programme together with the National Sports Council of Tanzania.
TAFISA Africa: As the regional body, TAFISA Africa coordinates the practical implementation of the VIPS programme.
On the initiative of Leonard Thadeo, TAFISA Vice President and Director of Sport at the Tanzanian Sport Ministry, representatives from 10 African countries met from 17th to 21st April, 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania to work together and share experiences during the TAFISA/UNESCO VIPS Training Course under the patronage of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The event was joined by the UNESCO representative from the Nairobi Office, Kenya, Ms. Mulekeni Ngulube.
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