Gov’t urged to incorporate sports in the curriculum
By Bullen Bala
Students in Juba have urged the government to introduce the extra curriculum activities into the new curriculum.
According to the students, sport was necessary to promote peace and unity across the country.
Senser Ram, a senior one student at Darling Wisdom Academy Secondary School said such competition would encourage many youth to go back to school and develop their talents.
Ram added that though they lost to the senior four in the final in the inter-class tournament, he still feels happy because they play as one people.
“I am appealing to the Ministry of Education that let them add the sports in the school curriculum and has to be a must for the schools so that we improve the sports in the country,”
Ngong Ruben Alith, a senior four student hailed the administration of Darling Wisdom academy secondary school for organizing the inter-class competition.
“Football can make the youth not to get involved in politics at early stages. Football can unite us and reduce the rate of crime in the country,” Mr. Alith said.
He stressed that football can bring students from different states together to express their talents.
Mr. Alith appealed to the government to prioritize on sport activities for the country to get sustainable peace.
The students made the remarks during the final of their inter-class tournament at Hai-Tarawa last week.
The Director of Darling Wisdom Academy, Noble Arem Riak said that learning was not limited to the classrooms.
“It shouldn’t be on chalks board and books only. Students are supposed to be encouraged to do some extra curriculum activities such as the football, Basketball, Volleyballs, Netball and other sports activities in the school,” he said.
According to him, strong football team has ever been adopted in most parts of the world through joint tournaments.
He reiterated that extra curriculum activities were crucial in the country since it could bring about social coexistence among the students in various schools.
Riak revealed that two students from Darling Wisdom Academic were currently playing in the South Sudan national team.
“One person who plays in basketball team recently participated in the Rwanda’s tournament,” Riak said.
“For South Sudanese to compete with the other countries in the world of sports there is need for the government to promote sport activities in the schools,” he added.
He said in other countries like Uganda and Kenya, they often have inter-school competition every year.
Andruga Emmanuel Wani the Head teacher of Darling Wisdom Academy said it was very important for young people to identify their talents.
“It is not only in the class room that someone can earn life,” he said.
“We need to build the talents of this young generation which is coming up and through sports we can build a healthy relation, in terms of peace in our society,” he said.
He said for the country like South Sudan where people had been in war for many years, sport could act as a uniting factor.