School sports project off the ground

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The much anticipated school sports project for Khomas and Ohangwena Regions was inaugurated on Friday at the Concordia College in Windhoek witnessed by various local and international dignitaries.

With the aim of improving the infrastructure, equipment and number of trained sports coaches and physical education teachers in schools and communities, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, in cooperation with the Namibia Football Association(NFA), signed an implementation agreement with the German Development cooperation early this year to implement a project that will see schools and thousands of learners in Namibia benefiting from it.

During the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Education Ester-Anna Nghipondoka, encouraged youth to start participating in sport related activities as it is not only beneficial to their health but helps positive development, through providing alternative norms ,values ,knowledge and experience.

Speaking on behalf of Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Nghipondoka added that the project is not only for schools but will as well encourage community to utilize the facilities and help develop the nation. She further urged that teachers discontinue the use of P.E periods as “off periods “as this deprives students of discovering their potentials.

Also present was FIFA head of Technical Development Services Jurg Nepfer, who specified that as the governing body of football, putting football at the center of everything they do is their obligation, which is a vision that can only be fulfilled through promotion of the game, protecting its integrity and bringing the game to all.

Ronny Zimmermann of the Deutscher Fussball-Bund said the cooperation is not only about rehabilitating and building football pitches but is aimed at creating long lasting sustainable effects as well. “It is about setting up an effective competition system for football and other sports in schools and enhancing sport opportunities in schools, through reaching out to children and young people.”

The two ministries (Education and Youth) will join forces to advise and organize resources that will enable easy and new approaches to learning in the national system.