School Sports for Development Programme to be decentralised

03 May 2016 12:20pm
GOBABIS, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – The Namibian School Sports Union (NSSU) will soon roll out its 'School Sports for Development' programme to all 14 regions.
An NSSU council meeting, scheduled for the first week of June, will decide on how the roll-out will be effected.
The NSSU Council consists of the Director and Deputy Director of Sports, in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, the eight chief sports officer from all regions, and the 14 regional sport chairpersons and their secretaries.
The NSSU has given the programme a nod, following the completion of the project's pilot phase.
The pilot started on 26 February and ended last month.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, NSSU national coordinator Solly Duiker noted that the programme intends to strengthen participation amongst school learners to enhance physical and mental fitness.
“The response has been enormous from all stakeholders because the purpose of the programme is not just about sports, but there is more. Our initial goal is to enhance competition amongst schools, and also contribute to the involvement of learners in sports,” said Duiker.
The programme was piloted in various regions such as Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Hardap, Erongo and Omaheke, where learners participated in various sport codes such as basketball, soccer, rugby, athletics and volleyball, amongst others.
Duiker noted that a few challenges have to be resolved to ensure a smoother transition towards decentralisation, such as the urgent need to revamp dilapidated sports and accommodation facilities to a better standard.
“We are not asking for world class facilities, but we just want decent facilities we are learners can play and compete,” he stressed.
He also expressed dissatisfaction with physical education as a school subject, which he says is dormant and does not serve its intended purpose.
“The subject is just there on the timetable and the education curriculum but when it is time for PE the learners are told to do non-sport activities,” he noted.
Duiker said participation in sports will contribute to the academic performance of learners, as some will emulate the high level of discipline and hard work in their school work.
“Most of the learners and schools who have regular sports initiatives have less disciplinary issues and for the learners the moment they work harder on the field, the more they work in the classroom,” he asserted.