Minister emphasises the importance of sport

01 Apr 2017 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 01 APR (NAMPA) – The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said sport can make a major contribution to promoting education to young Namibians.
In a speech read on her behalf during a ground-breaking ceremony at Concordia College on Friday, Hanse-Himarwa said children’s participation in sport can promote positive development by providing alternative norms, values, knowledge, capabilities and experience at a tender age.
“Sport can be a vehicle that promotes youth development and empowerment for young people, hence as a ministry we will promote physical and motor capacities of all school-going children to lead active and healthy lifestyles.”
The ceremony was to launch the Joint Programme on Sport that is be carried out by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) in collaboration with International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), German Football Association (DFB) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).
She said sport at schools remains a corner stone for development and success in any country.
The minister described sport as the “best investment” in the future of Namibia, as it increases the country’s capacity and capability to compete and grow in the global economy.
She warned teachers not to use time allocated to physical education as off periods, saying it must be used for talent identification and sport guidance.
“I kindly urge you to ensure that physical education is a productive period. I also urge parents to cooperate with educators so that children can take sports seriously.”
Echoing the same sentiments was NFA Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro,
who applauded the minister’s call and said sport can help build strong interpersonal relations.
FIFA and the DFB will through the project provide football equipment and educate instructors for coaching, refereeing and league management.
The project will be carried out in the Khomas and Ohangwena regions with the aim of enriching the lives of Namibian children by benefitting 23 schools and one vocational training centre.