Just Play instructors and project managers
“This new content is much more educational than in the past. The curriculum, with integrated health and social messages, will provide participants with access to information which they normally did not have”, said Rorona Kalsakau, Programme Manager from Vanuatu.
With a recognition of many of the challenges
faced by young people in the Pacific, Just Play seeks to capitalize on their audience of just over 150,000 children by integrating a broad range of messages into their existing curriculum. These messages will help teachers and community volunteers to ensure that children in the Pacific understand the importance and value of making healthy lifestyle choices.
Focusing on four key areas, Just Play will deliver messages on protection, good nutrition, healthy lifestyles, gender equality and the inclusion of children with disabilities. This new move has many of the Programme Managers and Instructors recognizing that Just Play is more about education than football.
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With roll out set to begin next month across 11- Pacific countries, Just Play Programme Manager Chris Asipara from Solomon Islands expresses his excitement: “we all must work together to get these good messages out to the children in the Pacific.”
Established in 2009 in partnership with the Australian government and UEFA, the award winning Just Play programme promotes physical activity for children aged 6-12 through football-related activities, while also addressing endemic issues relevant to the Pacific.
Sport for Development Consultant
For more information on Just Play please visit: www.justplayofc.org