Physical education books for pre-primary to grade 3 and learners in grades 10 and 11 will be distributed to educators in 14 regions of the country.
The PE4Life (Physical Education for Life) textbooks were created as part of the Integrated Physical Education and School Sport Program by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the University of Namibia and the GIZ regional program “Sport for Development in Africa”.
Around 3,575 textbooks valued at nearly N $ 320,000 are currently being distributed. In the near future, 850 more guides will be given to educators in grades 4 to 7, worth N $ 145,000.
The textbooks will give educators the relevant tools they need to teach all facets of quality physical education. They complement the already existing physical education program and guide educators; such as teachers, coaches and community workers. This will give them a structured method for fostering lifelong participation of learners in physical activity and sport and supporting the holistic development of children; physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially.
“Children love to run and play games, during the pandemic it was very difficult for them, but luckily Namibia is opening up again. Now even in the school environment they will be able to play sports and entertain adequate physical education as part of their curriculum based on the guidelines and activities set out in the PE4Life manuals, ”said Friederike Kroner of GIZ.
Headmistress Rudolfine Kamahene of AI Steenkamp Primary School in Windhoek added: “It is so exciting for teachers, instructors and especially children to know that their physical education classes will have the proper structure and transfer skills. that they can use the rest. of their life. Whether they are on or off the pitch. Textbooks will certainly be put to good use.
Pupils of AI Steenkamp primary school photographed with textbooks.