Grassroot grounds maintenance workshop underway

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The Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Education of Ohangwena Region together with the Namibia Football Association (NFA), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and GIZ's Sports for Development in Africa Regional Project offers a Maintenance and Repair (M&R) Training for the Rehabilitated Grass-root Sport Grounds at Eenhana.

The training takes place in Eenhana at Monte Carlo from 29 May 2018 – 01 June 2018 with the main object of equipping the schools with necessary skills to maintain the recently rehabilitated and newly constructed sport grounds. Two representatives per school are invited to ensure that the know-how reaches all the participating schools.

FIFA Consultant on Pitches Ian McClements and GiZ Project Engineer Melany Neff are leading the workshop.

The Namibian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture together with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has taken on the task to improve the quality of school and community sport and Physical Education. In cooperation with the Namibia Football Association (NFA), the German Football Association (DFB), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and German Development Cooperation, the project ‘School Sport in the Ohangwena Region’ was initiated in order to provide sport infrastructure and support the promotion of reproductive health and education through sport. Ohangwena is not only one of the regions with the highest population of pupils in Namibia but also with the highest number of teenage pregnancies.

Sport fields were constructed at 15 Cluster schools and one Vocational Training centre in Ohangwena region and 1 school in Windhoek with a total of 45 sport fields for netball, volleyball, basketball and football. More than 85,000 children and youth have access to these newly build or renovated sport fields and get the chance to participate in quality ‘Sport for Development’ training sessions.

Building sport fields means tackling the lack of school sports infrastructure and providing opportunities for meaningful learning. Moreover, teachers receive advanced trainings in the ‘Sport for Development’ approach and provide voluntary afternoon sports programmes. This measure enables schools to provide extracurricular teaching on issues such as reproductive health and gender equity in a manner that is both engaging and age-specific.