Been rather busy again lately 🙂 managed to raise a sizeable amount for the charity work, get published in a journal again, check out the link here: http://thetransatlantic.org/2011/01/26/growth-a-developmental-perspective/ for the article there.
Yesterday particularly was really busy. Started by coahing some football in Kasiglahan with the Apple scholars (kids who are at the top of their classes from poor backgrounds who couldn’t afford high school, college or university otherwise). Some didn’t take to the football but there were quite a few who did very well and have potential so we’ll see what happens from there. Apparently there’s a team in Kasiglahan so we may look to join forces with them, just need to get in contact! After that we had lunch then headed to Payatas to see if we could do training there. Due to being so busy lately we hadn’t got permission yet from the barangay captain (local government council person) to use the facilities or tell any of the kids there’d be training so thought there may not be training. Turned up and some of the kids had been waiting since the morning they wanted to play so much! The barangay captain kindly gave us permission and so we practised. Without telling anyone we had over 30 kids in the end, most of them went to the first training session too, which is this one:
Some of the kids had never played football before so it was new for them but they did great. It’s starting to really well and they’re learning quite quickly.
But of course Payatas poses it’s own challenges, sometimes the ball flies over or get stuck elsewhere. Retrieving things can be difficult :p
But we always finish with games after a few training practices, which the kids really enjoy but it also helps them to learn the game too.
So second training session is done and the kids enjoyed it again. Next week we’ll have permanent times and places for the training and really get Payatas FC running. The only costs for football are the balls, the goals (which are the most expensive bit, currently we’re using chairs as posts), water, snacks, bibs for teams and I should probably get a whistle 😀 Very pleased with how everything went though and it’s great to see people wanting to play so much. The important aspect, of course, is that while football development is good in itself and will be helping Philippine football, the long-term goals are to provide education and sustainable development in the area. Once we have the facilities, providing the goalposts and the balls, the kids will do the rest because of how energetic and passionate they are!
So after the four hours of coaching I headed to University where we discussed the International Political Economy of Trade and Production – which is possibly more interesting than it sounds :p So to political events hapening right now instead. The Egyptian revolution continues and now Mubarak is claiming he will step down and not run for election in votes he wants in September. International pressure is now focussed on getting him out of power and calling for an ‘orderly transition’ but now Mubarak has said that it seems he has nothing to lose. Gangs of pro-Mubarak supporters have attacked the protestors, somewhat odd seeing as the police suddenly dissappeared and then this organised group of pro-Mubarak supporters came heavily armed, even with horses (which seem suspiciously like police horses) and just brutally attacked protestors who have largely been peaceful. For anyone interested in the history of such dictators it’s not as detached from the British and Americans as you may think. Mubarak, for example, was supported by the US and he received $1.5 billion from them each year in ‘aid’ (in other words to be an ally in the region for Israel). The US and UK have a long history of propping up brutal dictators, General Pinochet in Chile, Idi Amin (the dictator in the Last King of Scotland) in Uganda, the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua, Saddam Hussein was groomed by the CIA too, the list goes on and on. Hopefully now though we’ve reached a situation where such things can’t happen so blatantly anymore. Wikileaks revealing the hypocrisy of the governments to the people, the people reacting against the governments, that can only be a positive thing for legitimate government and democracy.
So the scores of Egyptian Revolution United vs. Payatas City, well I’m not sure how to calculate that. I’d call it a draw except would that mean Egypt wins on the away goal rules given that my home is in the Philippines now? I better sign off now and get on with some work. Got Uni again tomorrow and what with all the work etc. I don’t think I’ve read anything for this topic. Cliffnotes anyone?