Twenty trainers from National Capital District suburbs completed their Just Play Train the Trainers’ four day workshop started last Tuesday and ended on Friday with the objective to equip attendees with the basic skills to conduct a teachers and volunteer course.
Emmie Sope, Just Play Technical Coordinator, conducted the Train the Trainer workshop in Port Moresby at Telikom Rumana, Orchid Room.
During the two first days trainers learnt how to promote the Just Play program to stakeholders to introduce the sport for development program into schools and community.
“It is also important to measure the social impact of Just Play and train our trainers to monitor the program” said Sope.
During the workshop participants learnt how to use the evaluation tools developed by OFC Social Responsibility. The trainers worked closely with the Just Play PNGFA team leaded by Micah Kaneng, strongly supported by Margaret Aka, PNGFA women’s football development officer to develop an action plan that will raise the Just Play program to a new level.
Sope says inspiring a positive reaction in course participants was important.
“Our approach over the four days of the Train the Trainer workshop was to inspire participants to understand their role as trainers focusing on the wellbeing of children from a holistic point of view, and how we (the trainers) can impart and equip teachers and volunteers to deliver the Just Play’s key social messages to children.
“Another objective was to also integrate ways of knowing what to deliver, when to deliver it, understand why we’re delivering a particular session and how to utilize the tools and skills given during the training to conduct the Just Play courses using the teachers and volunteers manual and guide as our roadmap.
“The onus is now on the trainers to fulfil the mission of the programme in Papua New Guinea, to help this nation’s young people to make changes today for a better tomorrow,” Sope said.
During the workshop the trainers had the opportunity to interact with each other and share ideas on issues affecting their own community.
The synergy and collaboration by the group was an important feature of the workshop.
With Sope’s help the coordinators were also taught how to prepare a Just Play session based on the key messages and activities in its delivery.
“It is all about inspiring teachers and volunteers to deliver life skill messages to children through the Just Play program so that they can make better choices in the future,” Sope said.
The trainers’ role has key performance targets as part of its remit that includes engaging with schools and community leaders to promote the program engage them and get their support.
Following the training of teachers and volunteers they implement and monitor Just Play using evaluation tools.
“I think we began to change the way participants think when they participated actively and we delivered the key messages during the practical sessions.
“But the sharing of experiences and stories during classroom time was also a platform for everyone to reflect on the Just Play key messages.
“It helped to redirect their thinking by understanding that everyone is different but despite that, we are one and must work together for a better tomorrow,” Sope said.
The OFC Just Play Programme is designed and monitored by the OFC Social Responsibility Department in partnership with Australian and the New Zealand Governments, the Football Federation Australia, the UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF.