OFFS for children in Oman

Oman is an Arab sultanate located in the South-Eastern part of the Arab Peninsula. The country is bordered by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The country is an absolute monarchy ruled by Sultan Qaboos for the past 45 years. 

Using the large oil revenues, he turned the former Bedouin culture into a modern state with free access to health care and education. The country does, however, still maintain its old tribal norms and structure and Oman ranks rather low on different gender ranking indexes

Oman's population primarily consists of Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), and African ethnic groups. Because of the combination of a relatively small Omani population and a fast-growing oil-driven economy, Oman has attracted many migrants. At the 2014 census the total expatriate population was 1,789,000 or 43.7% of the population.

Using football schools for children in Oman to promote gender equality

Cross Cultures work with FC Barcelona's charity program, FutbolNet, to promote life skill training principles of mutual respect and understanding among young people. Girls are usually not included in sports in some of the conservative parts of the Middle East. Cross Cultures and FC Barcelona's FutbolNet has incorporated football training of girls into the life skills training project with the creation of a girls team.

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Facts about Oman

Total population: 3,286,936 (July 2015 est.)

Share of children and youth under 25: 49.74%

Youth unemployment: 18.8% (2015)

Share of women in the labour market: 13.4%

Refugee population: 122 people (2015)

Football players (registered/unregistered): 8,610/49,000

Female players: 0

Clubs: 43

Clubs with women’s teams: 0

Our work in the country 1998-2016

First year CCPA worked in the country: 2013

Main focus areas: Life skills training

Sponsors: Fundacio FC Barcelona

Football clubs established: 0

Children involved:0

Football Festivals: 15

Children attended: 2,959

Results 2015

Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 7

Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 31,881

Volunteers involved: -

Volunteers educated: - 

Parents involved: -

Parents’ workshops conducted: -

Fun Festivals conducted: -

Children attended Fun Festivals: -

Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in: 10

Local schools involved: 9

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