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Bootcamp incubator playlab West Africa

Wednesday 10 February 2021
#afrique de l'ouest

The 1st bootcamp OF Playlab's accompaniment program in West Africa at the beginning of this year;

The intensive training week bringing together the 5 West African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Denro, Terres en Mêlées, Livr'aison, Visions Mêlées and La Balle aux Prisonniers, selected by the jury in the summer of 2020, was held at the premises of PLAY International in Dakar from 18 to 22 January 2021.

After 4 months of remote support, the bootcamp was the opportunity for the 5 supported structures from different geographical territories in West Africa - Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo - to meet (finally) physically, to create a link, to share their experiences and thus to learn together! Different territories but common problems.



During the 5 intensive days organized by the Playlab coordinator in West Africa, Quentin Michalska, project leaders benefited from theoretical and practical training with the aim of developing their skills and knowledge, questioning and strengthening their activities in the field of education and inclusion through sport.


For example, the project leaders were able to discover the monitoring and evaluation process for projects with a high social impact and were made aware of the usefulness of this approach. At the end of the day, each structure drew up a roadmap to set up an internal evaluation of its activities.




Training days dedicated to pedagogy allowed project leaders to deepen their use of sports games as a tool for education and social inclusion. In particular, the project leaders were able to experience and discover one of the pedagogical methods used by PLAY International, Playdagogy.  This active and participatory method uses sports games and debate to raise awareness of social issues. The sports session experienced here focused on the deconstruction of gender stereotypes through sports games; a theme on which the project leaders wanted to acquire new skills. Indeed, equality between girls and boys is at the heart of the activities of the CSOs supported, such as the Denro association, which participates in the empowerment of girls through women's soccer, or the Livr'aison association, which promotes gender equality through the practice of handball and support for the career guidance of young girls.

After a warm-up in the form of a cooperative game, a socio-sports session on the theme of active listening and empathy allowed the project leaders to experience in concrete terms how sport is a powerful tool at the service of a given pedagogical objective when it is defined and worked on prior to its use.

Workshops on project management as well as training and skill building for educators and facilitators in the field were also organized.


séance socio-sportive



The support program continues with individual and collective work sessions on communication and promotion of projects or the search and perpetuation of funding necessary for the implementation of activities.

The second bootcamp is scheduled for July 2021 and will bring this first year of support to a close.

PLAY International would like to thank the participants for their energy, involvement and motivation during this intense and emotional week!

- Speaker in Project Management: Fatou Baud from the consulting firm Awalé Vision.
- Speaker on project evaluation and monitoring: Claire Arrieu, an independent consultant who often works with Bioforce Afrique.
- Gari and Julie from PLAY International
- Lodging : The Blue House.
- Transport company in charge of picking up and bringing the project holders to the airport: Cap Tours.
- Le Clos Normand: cultural space in Dakar. Rental of a large room and access to a grass field so rare in Senegal! Very good welcome and great availability of Blandine the manager.