WINDHOEK, 30 MAY – The Directorate of Education in the Ohangwena Region on Tuesday started training teachers from a number of schools in how to maintain and repair rehabilitated sportsgrounds at Eenhana.
The training is being carried out in conjunction with the Namibia Football Association (NFA), the International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)’s Sports for Development in Africa Project.
Fifa Consultant on Pitches, Ian McClements and GIZ Project Engineer, Melany Neff are leading the workshop.
A statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday by the NFA said the training will run until Friday.
“It is aimed at providing schools with the necessary skills to maintain the recently rehabilitated and newly constructed sport grounds,” it said.
Forty-five sports fields for netball, volleyball, basketball and football were constructed at 15 cluster schools, one vocational training centre in the Ohangwena Region and one school in Windhoek.
The statement said two representatives per school are taking part to ensure that the knowledge reaches all participating schools.
It further said the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service has taken on the task to improve the quality of school and community sport and physical education.
This was done in cooperation with the NFA, the German Football Association, Fifa and GIZ.
More than 85 000 children have access to the sports fields and get the chance to participate in quality ‘Sport for Development’ training sessions, the statement said.
“The building of these sports field tackles the lack of school sports infrastructure and provides opportunities for meaningful learning,” it added.