Coaches Across Continents works with governments, corporations, foundations, and community-based organisations.
Implementing their Education Outside the Classroom programming and create lasting social change based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Your Voice is proud to say it has worked with Coaches Across Continents since its launch. Its business model and brand has developed over the years as the focus of the NGO changed to its rapid growth and delivery of its values.
Education Outside the Classroom (EOC) addresses the issues highlighted by UN Sustainable Goal #4 for inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for everyone. It supports traditional education by providing safe spaces for children and communities to discuss harmful traditional, religious, and cultural practices.
Their intentionally designed EOC methodology and curriculum empower children to learn problem solving leadership skills and communities to design pathways towards social change. It is play-based and designed for an ever-changing world. Education Outside the Classroom empowers young people and communities to analyse their needs and implement strategies to choose their futures. Visit www.coachesacrosscontinents.org.
The Four Pillars of Education Outside the Classroom
The basis for all of Coaches Across Continents’ work across the globe is based on the value of equal human rights, and that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and choose their future. Their philosophy and methodology is grounded in three key UN documents and allow them to Create Legacies for a better world: UN Declaration of Human RightsUN Convention on the Rights of the ChildUN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
PUBLISHED SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING METHODOLOGY
Self-Directed Learners possess attitudes such as independence of mind, confidence in their own judgment, a sense of self-esteem leading to self-actualisation and the ability to cooperate and collaborate with others. They are independent thinkers who can define and solve problems, reason logically, engage in the projection of their own ideas and set goals and strategies to achieve them. They reflect upon experience and learn from it.
CAC’S “CHANCE TO CHOICE” EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
Dr. Judith Gates first postulated that young people throughout the world go through 7 similar stages of development, from circumstances of birth and the conformity of an unquestioned lifestyle, through deepening insight, to the recognition of potential choices:Chance of birth: the inheritance of country, culture, religion, family, and traditions.Conformity of childhood: unquestioning acceptance, fitting in to inherited culture, unawareness of alternatives, lead to cultural acquiescence.Conflict of adolescence: ritual rebellion, self-assertion, questioning of the taken for granted contribute to the emerging individual.Certainty of post-adolescence: need for peer approval, for similarity, for acceptance, for the avoidance of doubt, leads to culturally created complacency.Contradictions: awareness of ambiguities and complexity, acceptance that no one answer is sufficient, deepening uncertainty supporting rejection of what was previously taken for granted.Challenge: gaining insights, glimpsing alternative ways of thinking, considering options, imagining a different future, open up to possibilities for new ways of living.Choice: growing in confidence, taking personal responsibility, owning your life, creating oneself, choosing a future, empower and liberate from the constraints of the past.
COACHES ACROSS CONTINENTS’ THEORY OF CHANGE
The predominant approach to change in developing countries is typically top-down, outside in, and deficit based. This frequently manifests itself in a “west knows best” approach, by which foreign experts identify what they perceive to be local community issues. Externally determined solutions are then presented to local recipients with the expectation that they will be accepted and long term change will result. The change process is thus based on primary ownership by outsiders who analyse the situation based upon their perspectives, issues external directives and seek to change local communities without input from the community itself.
Conversely the guiding principles of Coaches Across Continents’ Theory of Change. are that it should be bottom up, inside out and based on building community capacity. Change is fostered from within by empowering local partners to question previously taken for granted cultural certainties, challenge damaging local traditions and make responsible choices for their future. The Coaches Across Continents curriculum is structured to create Self-Directed Learners who have the capacity to identify, analyze and address local concerns and to see the world in a fundamentally different way.
GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE YEAR 2018
CAC received the Global Impact of the Year 2018 from Beyond Sport.
NEXTGEN LEADER STEPHENSON
European Sustainability Strategist Stephenson was named a NextGen Leader 2018 by the Sport Industry Group.
GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE YEAR AWARD
CAC was shortlisted for the Global Impact of the Year Award at the Beyond Sport Awards.
CHARITY FILM AWARDS
For our ASK for Choice film CAC’s videographer Kevin O’Donovan was shortlisted at the Charity Film Awards.
CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
CAC was accepted membership into the Clinton Global Initiative for 2015.
FOOTBALL FOR GOOD AWARDS 2015
CAC was shortlisted in the categories of “Champion of the Women’s Game” and “International Impact Award.”
OLD MILLFIELDIAN OF THE YEAR 2013
The Millfield School (UK) recognized CAC founder Nick Gates as their Society Man of the Year .
PEACE AND SPORT FINALIST 2011
CAC was a finalist for the “”NGO for Peace of The Year” award for our work with Child Soldiers in Uganda.
CORPORATE OF THE YEAR WINNER
CAC’s partnership with Chevrolet was named ‘Corporate of the Year’ by Beyond Sport.
BEST SPORT & SOCIAL IMPACT ORG
CAC was named the Best Sport & Social Impact Organization 2017 by Global Health and Pharma.
GAMES 4 GOOD FOUNDATION 2016
We were awarded a grant by Games 4 Good Foundation for our partnership with training4changeS in South Africa.
BEYOND SPORT AWARDS
CAC was shortlisted for the 2015 Beyond Sport Awards in the UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport category.
KICKING + SCREENING WINNER 2012
Kicking + Screening Film Festivan announced that it had selected CAC as its Social Initiative for 2012.
COMMUNITY SPORTS FACILITY AWARD
Connor Sport Court developed Tanzania’s first all weather, multi-purpose court in Kigoma.
GLOBAL SPORTS FINALIST 2010
CAC was selected as a finalist at the Global Sports Forum in the Sport and Education category.
ALL 4 AFRICA FINALIST 2009
CAC was a finalist at the SCORE4Africa Awards in London in 2009.
BEST SOCIAL IMPACT SPORTS ORG
CAC won the LUX Life Magazine Best Global Social Impact Sports Organization 2018.
MOST IMPACTFUL SOCIAL INNOVATOR
Brian Suskiewicz was named one of the 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators at the CHRO Asia Awards.
100 BEST GLOBAL COACHING LEADERS
Chief Executive Suskiewicz was named one of the 100 Best Global Coaching Leaders at the CHRO Asia Awards.
GAMES 4 GOOD FOUNDATION 2015
We were awarded a grant by Games 4 Good Foundation for our partnership with Breaking Ground in Cameroon.
CHARITY TIMES AWARDS
CAC was shortlisted in the category of “Charity of the Year: with an income of less than £1 million.”
GOOGLE AD WORDS AWARD 2014
CAC won the prestigious Google Ad Grants Award from Sports and Social Change in 2014.
ONE WORLD FUTBOL WINNER 2012
CAC is working with the One World Play Project to get their balls to all our global program sites.
BEYOND SPORT WINNER 2009
CAC won the Best New Project award at this global event in 2009.