Namibia school sports project off the ground
By Adolf Kaure
WINDHOEK – The much anticipated school sports project for Khomas and Ohangwena Regions was inaugurated last week at the Concordia College in the capital, Windhoek.
With the aim of improving sports infrastructure and equipment at schools the project also aims to ensure that the country has a number of trained sports coaches and physical education teachers in schools and communities as well as the ministries of education and sports.
The two ministries 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 Namibian schools benefiting from the project.
Launching the project, Deputy Minister of Education Arts and Culture Ester-Anna Nghipondoka, encouraged the 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.
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 from discovering their potentials”.
Also present at the inauguration, was the 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.