The workshop was held at the Sir John Guise Stadium from the 02nd- 04th August.
Nineteen teachers from eleven primary schools in the National Capital District and five volunteers attended the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to provide an overview of Just Play Program, equip teachers with basic footballs skills and strategies on how to use football as a tool to address social issues. The workshop was facilitated by “Just Play” Project Manager, Taku Niebo and Social Responsibility Officer, Guim Kagl.
Through this initiative OFC and PNGFA are using football as tool to tackle issues such as Malaria, Malnutrition, Drug Abuse, and HIV/AIDS whilst promoting Gender Equality, Good Citizenship, and Respect for one another by actively involving children in physical activities that football provides.
The 2nd phase of the program will be rolled out into thirteen schools with the theme ”JUST PLAY KICK MALARIA OUT” before venturing into other centers. It will mainly target children between the ages of six and twelve years old in Primary and Elementary School levels. The teachers and volunteers will look at ways of using football as a tool to address malaria.
Just Play trained instructors and the Social Responsibility Officer will be helping out teachers to implement the program in the selected schools. A second workshop is scheduled for September.
The program sponsored by AusAID is part of OFC/PNGFA’s social responsibility program to address prevailing social issues that affect children in schools and the surrounding communities. A mini festival was organized to end the program saw teachers and students enjoying themselves.