A Two-day Just Play teacher’s course ended yesterday at Saint John Primary School in Port Moresby.
Seven teachers from four primary schools in the National Capital District with five Sunday school teachers from Sister Farehall Memorial Church in Gordons attended to familiarise themselves with the concept and the grassroots junior development programme.
The teachers that were trained came from the primary schools in the Moresby North West electorate.
PNG’s Just Play operation manager Micah Kaneng said due to the popularity and growth of the Just Play programme in Papua New Guinea and the Oceania region, it was important to incorporate capacity-building as a sports-for-development tool to equip teachers and volunteers to deliver a successful program in schools.
Kaneng said their objective is to use football as a vehicle to address socials issues in the schools and communities.
“Our goal was to see Just Play expand throughout the country. Even though the programme had been around since 2012, Kaneng said.
PNGFA General Secretary Dimirit Mileng when closing the two-day course stressed to the teachers the importance of involving students at an early age so that they could grow in sports and not be involved in social disorders.
Mileng said the programme had changed children’s mindsets and it was important the implementing agencies continued its roll out.
The Just Play programme is run in OFC member countries — American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
One of the programme’s objectives was to promote healthy lifestyle choices and reduce risks associated with non-communicable diseases.
It also aims to promote gender equality and change perceptions towards women and girls and to create opportunities and pathways to promote empowerment among women and girls.
It also increases opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and promotes a change of perception towards persons with disabilities in the wider communities and promotes child protection.
With these key messages teachers then go out to their respective schools to educate their students.