Hoop Forum in Collaboration with Sports for Educational and Economic Development (SEED) Academy, Senegal

Research has shown that children who actively participate in sports from early on are less likely to become victims of molestation and violence. The SEED Project has tapped into this study via its community outreach to harness the power of sports to safeguard the welfare of children.

As part of its mandate, the AGA-Africa Programme Programme partners with like-minded organizations to offer training that aim to share best practice in the prevention, protection and rehabilitation of potential or actual victims of abuse. The AGA-Africa Programme Programme thus collaborated with the SEED Project- Senegal Africa on a highly engaging workshop held from 10th-14th August dubbed ‘HOOP Forum’.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the participants and community to broaden their awareness as well as strengthen their knowledge and understanding of child and sports safe-guarding, especially in the African context.

The workshop was attended by AGA-Africa Programme representatives, Markus Green, Board Member and John Edozie, AGA-Africa Programme International Advisor. The workshop also brought together Hoop Forum participants from across Africa and the globe to exchange, learn, create and play on all that is basketball, youth, business, economic empowerment, development, arts and culture.

Amadou Gallo Fall, President, Basketball Africa League and Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member delivered keynote addresses at the event.

The highly informative panellist discussions were moderated by Nicolas Negoce, Senior Reporter BBC News, Monsieur Ndeye, Author at TRUE Africa and Gilles Amadou, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Acosphere Ltd and facilitated by Dr. Mouhamed Dit Momar Talla Ndongo, Lecturer and Researcher at L’INSEPS, Njie Enow, Senior Accountant Manager APO Group, Achiri Hedris Fri, Professional Basketball Player, Amadou Gallo Fall, President of the Basketball Africa League, Ramatoulaye Sy, Wealth Management Analyst, Morgan Stanley and SEED Academy Alumni, Ousman Touray, Chairperson Young Ancestors Foundation, Anita Nyanjong, Global lead, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Paule-Arlette Dieth, Architect & Project Manager, Arcade Architecture.