Physical excercise for school kids promoted

2015-11-18 06:00
Tamika Williams from Alpha Primary School in Gelvandale showed her jumping skills at the event.  Photo: deon ferreira

Tamika Williams from Alpha Primary School in Gelvandale showed her jumping skills at the event. Photo: deon ferreira

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THE human body is designed to move - arms stretched, legs elevated and to dance when the music is right.

Pupils of primary schools in the Bay’s northern areas converged at the Gelvandale athletics track last week and showed just how one should go about stretching and dancing.

The groups from GJ Louw Primary School in Schauderville, Alpha Primary School in Gelvandale, Sapphire Road Primary School in Booysen Park and Kleinskool Primary School were part of a pilot programme, “Designed to Move”, which promotes physical exercise in schools.

“The idea is to promote health and exercise among pupils. Exercise does wonders for the promotion of learning and discipline in the classroom,” said Neil Campher of Ukuvula Foundation, one of the stakeholders of the programme.

The event was the culmination of a year-long programme at the schools where teachers and volunteers are trained to sharpen physical exercise as part of the curriculum.

Motivational talks by sportspeople, first aid training for teachers and donated equipment to use on the sports field are some of the things which benefited the schools in this programme.

According to Campher, the next step is to involve more stakeholders and implement the programme at other schools.

“We have also taught the children indigenous games that are no longer being played,” said Reynold Solomons of CS Innovations. “It’s good that children learn to play. The programme was also a way to help learners to focus on something other than the violence in their communities,” he said.

Together with CS Innovations and the Ukuvula Foundation, the programme was also supported by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), which is the link between schools and the department of basic education.

“The idea is not to take over physical exercise in schools, but merely to offer advice to teachers on how to deal with this part of the curriculum as pleasantly as possible,” Campher and Solomons said.

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