IOC Sport for All highlights Magic Bus in India
14 Jul 2014
Lausanne, Switzerland: When it comes to inspiring Sport for All programmes around the world, let’s climb aboard the Magic Bus all the way to India and see the benefits of this admirable initiative. Magic Bus, a non-profit organisation, works with thousands of children and volunteer mentors from marginalised communities in India every week to put them on the right course to a better life.
Founded in 1999 by an Englishman, former rugby player Matthew Spacie, and with the help of the CEO of the organisation’s Indian branch, Patrik Kumar, Magic Bus works in India’s poorest villages and slum settlements.
It is committed to teaching life lessons through play to children across 10 states and supporting them in moving them and their families out of poverty.
To date, this programme has reached over 250,000 children, resulting in 77 per cent of Magic Bus children attending school more than five days a week. And nine out of 10 of these are first-generation learners, who are getting into higher education and jobs.
Magic Bus accompanies a child from the age of seven to 18, and engages with them through the Activity-Based Curriculum (ABC) – a unique model which makes use of games and sports to inspire change.
Thanks to the organisation’s efforts, 96 per cent of Magic Bus children now believe that every child, regardless of gender, should have the right to play.
Through a mentorship programme, local youth volunteers are trained to become Community Youth Leaders, acting as role models and mentors to other children; conducting ABC sessions; and inciting positive change in their health and hygiene habits as well as in their community.
For more information, visit the website: www.magicbus.org