Minister of Sports discuss nurturing young talent with FIFA President

By IGIHE
On 10 December 2019 at 12:40

The Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju has held discussions with the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino who is currently in Rwanda, where they focused on promoting football in schools with the aim of identifying, nurturing and hone young talents.

Infantino was one of the guests at the ‘Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award’ which are given by Qatar in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

During the ceremony, Infantino talked about his particular relationship to Rwanda and thanked President Paul Kagame for his efforts in fighting against corruption and promoting global development.

Gianni Infantino talked about how Rwanda and Qatar are the only two countries he visited twice when he was running for FIFA President in 2015 and 2016.

In April 2019, FIFA chose Rwanda as one of the countries where it will launch FIFA Football for Schools programme, a new initiative set to be implemented around the world by the FIFA Foundation from early 2020. The programme was designed to educate boys and girls across three age groups (4-7, 8-11 and 12-14 years) about important life-skills and positive values.

FIFA envoys including Myriam Burkhard, Philip Zimmerman and Florence Mahwera were recently in Rwanda in a meeting to plan how the FIFA for Schools Programme will be implemented.

The programme will be implemented with the support of the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Education and the Rwandese Association Football Federation (FERWAFA) who will work hand in hand with FIFA and the UN World Food Programme (UNWFP).
FIFA budget for this programme is $100 million and will benefit children from Africa, Asia and South America until 2022.

Apart from Rwanda, some of the countries that have been chosen to host this programme are Botswana, Mauritius, India, Lebanon, Myanmar, Chile, Paraguay, and Puerto Rico.

During the course of this programme, FIFA estimated that it will distribute 11 million footballs around the world with Rwanda receiving at least 49,000 balls and where every football organization will be trained in organizing school competitions.

The Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju has held discussions with the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino who is currently in Rwanda

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