Visiting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday morning attended a rugby training event with Lao women rugby players
and coaches in Vientiane Capital to celebrate the Australian-funded “Pass It Back” sport for development programme.
The “Pass It Back” rugby programme was pioneered by ChildFund Australia and is being implemented in Nong Het district of Xieng Khuang Province.
The “Pass It Back” is teaching young Lao boys and girls important life skills, such as leadership skills and teamwork.
Pass It Back is an innovative Sport for Development programme using rugby to equip children and young people in dynamic Asia to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change, and ‘Pass it back’ to their communities.
Pass It Back delivers an integrated rugby and life-skills curriculum, providing important learning opportunities with a focus placed on leadership, gender equity and financial literacy.
Across all sessions, learning is linked to rugby’s values and what they mean on and off the pitch.
With a population of more than 1 billion people under the age of 24, the Lao PDR, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh have young populations that have an unprecedented opportunity to address poverty, inequity and drive positive change across the region and in their communities.
ChildFund, Women Win and Asia Rugby have come together in a unique collaboration to build the next generation of leaders through rugby across Asia.