Play Like a Girl: How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution

Play Like a Girl How a Soccer School in Kenya s Slums Started a Revolution Growing up and living in Kibera Kenya Abdul Kassim was well aware of the disproportionate number of challenges faced by women due to the extreme gender inequalities that persist in the slums After b

  • Title: Play Like a Girl: How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution
  • Author: Ellie Roscher
  • ISBN: 9781632280572
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Growing up and living in Kibera, Kenya, Abdul Kassim was well aware of the disproportionate number of challenges faced by women due to the extreme gender inequalities that persist in the slums After being raised by his aunts, mother, and grandmother and having a daughter himself, he felt that he needed to make a difference.In 2002, Abdul started a soccer team for girls caGrowing up and living in Kibera, Kenya, Abdul Kassim was well aware of the disproportionate number of challenges faced by women due to the extreme gender inequalities that persist in the slums After being raised by his aunts, mother, and grandmother and having a daughter himself, he felt that he needed to make a difference.In 2002, Abdul started a soccer team for girls called Girls Soccer in Kibera GSK , with the hope of fostering a supportive community and providing emotional and mental support for the young women in the town The soccer program was a success, but the looming dangers of slum life persisted, and the young women continued to fall victim to the worst kinds of human atrocities Indeed, it was the unyielding injustice of these conditions that led Abdul to the conclusion that soccer alone was not enough to create the necessary systemic change.In 2006, after much work, the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy KGSA was established with their first class of 11 girls and 2 volunteer teachers Today, KGSA is composed of 20 full time staff, provides a host of artistic and athletic programs for than 130 students annually, and continues to expand By providing academics inside and outside of the classroom along with artistic and athletic opportunities, KGSA inspires the young women of Kibera to become advocates for change within their own communities and for Kenya as a whole.Play Like a Girl tells the KGSA story through Abdul s voice and vision and the stories of key staff and students It is written by Ellie Roscher who spent 2 summers doing research at KGSA and several years writing this book.

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    1 thought on “Play Like a Girl: How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution”

    1. Everyone who’s read my reviews for a few years knows I love me a good inspiring sports story. This book was not exactly what the title or cover seem to promise. I thought the focus was going to be on empowering girls through athletic training and accomplishment. Instead, soccer makes a sort-of frame for the story, but is pretty peripheral. That does not detract from the power of this book, at all. The story begins with soccer, as Abdul Kassim starts a team for girls in Kibera, a slum on the ou [...]

    2. A must-read when it comes to educating girls - Roscher tells the story of KGSA with humility and grace, and you'll find yourself rooting for these girls more with the turn of every page.

    3. This book brought depth and insight to an area of Kenya that I had never considered. Basically, two guys started a free school. Seen through the lens of this free school, we consider how the community influences the impact of a school and vice versa - the school can only help the students within the school, but it also realised the necessity of helping students with issues like pads, pregnancies (sex becomes a transaction through which girls get money for food and pads) and parents (convincing p [...]

    4. My favorite chapter in this book is entitled, “Thriving Girls Change the World.” There is a quote on the first page that summarized much of the book quite eloquently: “The conversations that took place at KGSA often centered on the importance of free education, of delaying pregnancy and early marriage, or eliminating child prostitution and eradicating poverty. But the school also carved out time and space for these girls to run and kick, to be in their bodies as powerful athletes, to be fr [...]

    5. Such an incredible story! It was a real pleasure to read through this book and get the insider's look of what building change looks like. Too often stories of aid are written by outsiders and people receiving the help are not given the credit they deserve.It was pretty heart breaking to hear about all of the organizations that tried to just airdrop help on them, or the crooked partners who took the money and ran. But most of the cast here are courageous and creative people who are learning to th [...]

    6. It’s really inspiring!! I should read some of the articles the Journaling Club wrote. The writing was well composed but didnt have that great an effect! I love how the book is more about sports and schools; it’s about the livelihood of girls and women.

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