November 11, 2020

Sports in Education

ACF is harnessing the power of the multiplier effect by training PT teachers and empowering them to impart sports and physical education to hundreds of students across Himachal Pradesh. After a successful pilot, they now plan to replicate and roll out the 'train the trainer' model across an additional 50 schools from 5 locations in 2021. 

ACF has initiated a pilot project to promote sports in schools with the aim to build stamina among each and every child, which in return will be helpful in keeping children healthy and strong - both physically and mentally.

13 Physical Education Teachers from 10 schools across Darlaghat, Himachal Pradesh were trained under this programme, developing their capacity to deliver engaging, impactful sports programmes - reaching out to 570 students (294 boys and 276 girls).

A range of sports and physical exercise activities were implemented in schools twice a week, with the teachers receiving a refresher training mid-year to identify and discuss issues, improve skills and knowledge on teaching sports.

ACF is planning to scale the programme in 2020-21, taking the programme from 10 to 50 schools across 5 locations.

Participation in sport is an integral part of child development and helps imbibe a culture of 'physical activity' in children - helping curb many future health issues in adulthood. Sport has many physical and mental benefits, including:

- Reduced risk of obesity

- Increased cardiovascular fitness

- Healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons

- Improved coordination and balance 

- Improved sleep

- Mental health benefits such as greater confidence

- Improved social skills

- Improved personal skills including cooperation and leadership

Tags: Education
November 11, 2020

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