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Wabag embraces Just Play

PNGFA Technical Director Taku NIEBO with his officers were in Wabag to conduct a Training workshop for teachers and volunteers for the Wabag School Soccer Association and Enga Football Association.

A total of 18 participants congregated at Wabag Primary school for a three day Just Play Facilitators course and the launching of PNGFA FIFA backed girl’s football competition, Meri Futbol.

Of the 18 participants six were female coaches whilst 12 are male teachers and volunteers. The participants went through both theoretical and practical sessions with the course Instructor and PNGFA Technical Director Taku Niebo.

Provincial Education Planner Ben Tomlele who officially opened the workshop was thankful to PNGFA Just Play to roll out the program to Wabag.

He said Just Play is a very educational program hence will complement our education reform programs in Enga and that is why Division of Education in Enga is pleased to partner PNG Football Association Just Play to use sports to raise social issues in the province.

In appreciation of Just Play, the Provincial Division of Education provided all the logistics for the Just Play team to run the Training workshop.

Just Play is PNGFA Social Responsibility Program using Football as a tool to raise awareness on issues that affect children at school and at home.

Just Play uses football activities to bring out messages of Gender Equality emphasising on boys and girls playing and respecting each other as co –partners on and off the field.

Other component of Just Play includes awareness on Healthy issues with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), Social Inclusion and Children’s Right.

Teachers and volunteers are taught to disseminate messages through football sessions design appropriately to bring out the message of the four JP components.

Wabag Facilitators will start implementing the program in schools and communities by next week.

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