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Ways to Promote Sports and Education (Physical Education)
Physical Education is an important aspect of student learning, especially at a young age. You can make a difference in physical education by being a teacher, parent, or student. You can make physical education more fun and encourage after-school activities. All students can enjoy and excel in many types of physical activities if they are enrolled in a high-quality physical education program in India.
Here Know How to Improve Physical Education in Schools
Celebrate fitness with festivals
Give your students a chance to celebrate something, even if it is physical activity. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace initiative by the United Nations is just one day where schools can invite students’ families and other community members to participate in developing before-and after-school programmes. Sports festivals are a great platform for parents and students to come together and brainstorm additional events and ideas for the festival. From triathlons, hula-hooping, sack races or egg and spoon races, the whole community can get involved in a sport.
Let students take charge through Sports Clubs
Student can build their own programs from scratch and transform the way they look at fitness with groups and activities that interest them. Sports clubs allow students to take on accountability and responsibility, giving them a sense of fulfilment, while developing competencies that can be applied within the school and beyond. Sports clubs also help young adults build lasting friendships and make them feel part of a wider community. Our own programme Youth Sports Leadership works by training teachers and coaches in coaching and mentoring skills that help them enable 15-16-year-old students to become ‘young sports leaders’. These students then go on to further develop their leadership skills by organizing sports festivals in their cities and communities and train 11-12-year-olds to build their own leadership skills to make sport sustainable in their schools. You can read more about our programme
Promote collaboration between physical education and classroom teachers.
For example, physical education teachers might provide ideas for "fitness breaks" to classroom teachers, where 5-minute aerobic activities could be used to break up the school day.
Provide extracurricular physical activity programs. Interested teachers and parents might be encouraged to establish developmentally appropriate clubs and/or intramural activities of a competitive and non-competitive nature. Walking clubs, in-line skating, jumping rope, water aerobics, and intramural swim teams provide a few examples.
Coordinate physical activities with community agencies
Schools might allow use of school facilities by community agencies that sponsor physical activity programs, facilitate training programs for volunteer youth coaches, invite community groups to an "activity fair" for students in the school gymnasium, or provide a listing of community physical activity resources to students.
Provide physical and social environments that encourage and enable physical activity
For example, schools might allow access to facilities before and after school hours and during vacation periods, encourage teachers to provide time for unstructured physical activity during recess and during physical education class, and help school personnel to serve as active role models by enabling and encouraging their own participation in physical activity.