What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?
The combination of all the sportive, educational, cultural activities the center offers which are necessary to be able to reduce poverty, emigration, etc.
Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?
The goals mentioned above (mostly 'create future perspectives') can not be reached by just offering soccer or professional training or cultural activities. The success of our work lies in the combination. Much more in poor countries like Cape Verde, where just a good formation does not guarantee work or success it is necessary to be creative and innovative. Soccer, arts, cultural activities can help improve these talents.
What are the existing barriers, the biggest problem, your innovation is hoping to address/change?
People do not believe that success is possible in Cape Verde. Therefor most of them search their way to Europe or the United States. In comparison to the amount of young people in Cape Verde, just a few of them reach this goal. So the first problem to resolve is this lack of hope and believe.
Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?
Soccer is a perfect way to get the children of the street. They love soccer. That gives us the opportunity to involve the participants in other offers at the center (illiteracy, computer and/or language training, cultural activities, etc.) and/or in case help them with their school problems.
So the soccerschool is in no way a talent factory, but a project to improve the lifes of all the participants. Even if are no talent factory we do develope the quality of our training by train trainers and we do not close the door if somebody realy wants to try to become a professional soccerplayer.
How do you plan to grow your innovation?
More offers at the Child- and Youthcenter. Like: musicschool, multimedia designer training, painting classes and more. Important is the slowly, healthy growth of the project as the sustainability is THE challenge par excellence.