Juba Teachers Engage Learners through Sports

By: Rose Yobu Kenyi

There was an inter-school competition in one of the schools in Juba Town last Friday.

Organizers of the event at Ephatha Primary School had made elaborate plans to ensure its success.

According to the sports master, Raymond John, the derby started on a good note because it was a game between pupils and teachers.

Both sides displayed their potential and were finally awarded for their strong show of their determination.

Pupils were in their best spirits and that saw them score the first goal before the teachers equalized at the first half.

When the match resumed in the second half, the pupils made life a bit difficult for teachers until the dying moments of the game when the teachers regained their momentum to pull a first one that saw them equalize the scores.

Mr John said plans are underway to help both teams up their games in future competitions.

He however pointed out that several challenges still impede sports in the country and urged the school’s administration to solve them.

John further urged parents to support the institutions in their efforts to boost extra-curriculum activities.

“If they can contribute certain amount to buy them some balls and games skits before the end of the term, then this would be part of the solutions we are looking for,” he said.

The coach of the match said football is one way pupils embrace one another and avoid involving in vices in the society.

He said most children indulge in bad behaviours because of idleness and so sports is one way that can be used to fight crime or bad behaviours.

The teacher, Chaplain Dilla expressed his joy that teachers have been able to relate well with the pupils.

“Football is very good and is a way of creating good relationship with their learners. I encourage both teachers and pupils to continue with the same spirit of love and unity,” he said.

The author is a student at Juba University, College of Rural Development and Community Studies, Department of Communication and Public Relations.


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