School sports development programme launched
The Ministry of Education, in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and UNICEF recently launched a School Sports for Development programme aimed at developing and strengthening physical education and sports activities at schools across the country.
The launch which took place in Mariental last weekend saw sports equipment and attire for netball, volleyball, rugby, cricket, football and PE activities, being presented to the 11 participating pilot schools.
“The critical life lessons which children can learn while playing sport, such as teamwork, the satisfaction of achieving a goal, time management, discipline, responsibility and accountability are invaluable for their personal growth and the development of their communities,” the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Hon. Agnes Tjongarero said at the launch.
“The launch of this programme is an opportunity to deliver quality education which is optimal and holistic in giving children the skills they need to succeed in Namibia and beyond,” said the Education, Arts and Culture minister Hon. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa for her part, adding, “Literacy and numeracy are part of that, but confidence, discipline, and determination as built up through sport, are equally important.”
The programme is building on from the successful implementation of the ‘Galz and Goals’ programme, a Sports for Development Programme for adolescent girls which was implemented by the Namibia Football Association with the support of UNICEF, GIZ and SCORE.