Lolo Tshiala lives in Saint-Ouen, near Paris. He is the principal founder of ERA93 a non-for-profit association and its sport department called ERA-Tchoukball Club. Lolo is an educator and he is working with youths who are marginalized, he was involved as an educator in the street (educ de rue), and then worked on projects such as “Mouvement d’Education Populaire” with college students who dropped off school. While he was studying Sport Education, he discovered Tchoukball, and as he was looking for a tool which induces cooperation, inclusion, and communication, this game immediately appears to him as ideal to be introduced to youths who are dealing with social skills, as well as becoming a good citizen.
Since 2011, he has been in charge of projects with ERA93, and he is managing the project called “Education by the sport of Tchoukball“, and this project includes 15 children from 10 to 15 years old of age, and last for three years. Thanks to the support of the city of St. Ouen. With this unique and innovative project, with its human dimension (limited number of participants), Tchoukball has been proved an excellent tool to be proposed to youths as a sport activity which includes a socio educative approach.
In this interview, Lolo explains how he discovered the sport, why he wanted to start his projects with the game, the goals of ERA93, and what have been the major impacts to the youths who have had the good fortune to attend this adventure.
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