By John Tuerijama
SCHOOL sport has received a vote of confidence from the top echelons of Government. This after widespread outcries about on whether Government was doing enough to resuscitate sports and make schools the breeding ground for tomorrow’s sports stars.
It appears the cries are falling on ears that have sympathy for the situation that Namibian sport is currently finding itself in. After 27 years, Namibian sport is largely amateur with little to no effort being made to professionalise it. But that much is likely to change in the not so distant future following positive pronouncements coming out of the custodian of education in this country.
At a ceremony last week, marking the launch of the development of sports facilities at selected schools, the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, made it clear that school sports remain a cornerstone for the development and success in any given country.
She said school sport is an investment that must be cherished and that it will increase the country’s capacity and capability to compete and grow in a global economy and be a foundation for exposing children at an early age to diverse healthy lifestyles.
“Physical education should not just be another off period for teachers. It must be used for talent identification and sport guidance to our learners. I thus urge all our schools to ensure that physical education is productive,” she stressed.
She said the integration of physical education and sports participation into the school day will make sports accessible to all children who attend school.
According to Nghipondoka, her ministry will promote physical and motor capacities of all schoolgoing children to lead active and healthy lifestyles and afford them opportunities to have fun.
She added that the Ministry will commit itself to improve the delivery of schools sport and supporting the delivery of such programmes having sports fields built at schools.
The education ministry has signed an Implementation Agreement with the German Development Cooperation to foster school sport. The partnership is in cooperation with the Namibia Football Association (NFA), the German Football association (DBF), the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The project in the Khomas and Ohangwena regions was initiated to provide sport infrastructure, equipment and support to professional coaches and to promote life skills through sport.
“There is a big need for sport infrastructure and capacity building of sport teachers in the country. Together with the technical expertise of our partners, including other national sport bodies such as the Namibia Netball Association and the Namibia Volleyball Federation, we will work towards a sustainable sport for development concept which must be implemented in all the schools,” said the deputy minister.
She said the role of teachers and parents is of cardinal importance if the project is to be successful.
“I urge parents to leave no stone unturned in questioning and getting answers from authorities when their children do not participate in sport and physical activities”.
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