The East Africa Cup (EAC) is a youth sport, education and cultural event for boys and girls aged 11-16 years; it also gathers sport for development practitioners and leaders from across East Africa and internationally for workshops and seminars.
It is held annually in the last week of June in Moshi, Tanzania. The tournament was first held in June 2004, as of 2013 there are more than 100 sports and cultural teams involved. Up to 2000 young people get involved each year depending on funding.
The tournament is first and foremost about education and awareness building, sports is the chosen tool used to achieve this. EAC wishes to gather youths irrespective of creed, language or religion. In the morning there are classes in topics like first aid and HIV and AIDS prevention. In the afternoon there's a youth football and volleyball tournament. In the evening there's music and theatre from across East Africa. The East Africa Cup - a week in Moshi, a year in the community.
The aims of the East Africa Cup are:
To promote the health and wellbeing;of young people in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, using sports as a major mobilization tool.
To inspire boys, girls and young people of all backgrounds and abilities to become change-makers who positively influence their communities, and to connect them both during a week in Moshi and throughout the year in the community.
To showcase international best practice approaches to using sports and cultural exchange as a mobilization and development tool.
To challenge gender prejudice, promote sport for people of all abilities and promote dialogue between communities in East Africa
To provide formal training, classes and workshops for young people and their leaders in leadership skills, gender equality, health education, first aid, refereeing, coaching, conflict resolution, and interfaith dialogue
To provide informal networking opportunities, cultural exchange and fellowship in a friendly, tolerant and healthy atmosphere
The tournament is organized by four partner organizations: Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA), KRIK Norway, CHRISC East Africa and Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA). The EAC is inspired by Norway Cup which has had a similar event running for the last 30 years, only on a much larger scale, with over 1500 teams from all around the world.