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Arusha Kick Starts Kids Athletics Program to boost school attendance

More than 150 Primary and Secondary School teachers from the Arusha Rural District have undergone special training courses on the global ‘Kids athletics,’ program.

The training sessions conducted by the National Sports Council (BMT), took place at Turkish Maarif School ground in the Ngaramtoni section of Arusha Rural District (ADC).

According to the main BMT trainer and athletics instructor, Charles Maguzu, the Kids Athletics comprises more than 20 sporting events all of which have been included in the course, targeting to sharpen teachers skills in impacting knowledge to their respective pupils and children.

“I have been training the teachers here in Arusha for three consecutive days after which, the teachers will be tested on how effective they have become in becoming expert athletics trainers, through trial teaching sessions to some of the children,” said Maguzu.

The instructor said Kids athletics is a course initiated by the International World Athletics with the intention of identifying, recruiting and promoting young and upcoming talents in sports, right from grassroots levels around the world.

World Athletics describes ‘Kids Athletics’ as a free and exciting program to get children and young people across the world moving!

According to WA the program uses the power of athletics to inspire children and young people, wherever they are, to be more active, develop their skills and confidence, and to connect with the sport for life.

Arusha Rural District Executive Director, Suleiman Msumi whose office bankrolled the entire training in the precinct, explained that the course will empower teachers to efficiently conduct the annual National Primary and Secondary School Sporting events.

“Sports are interesting and entertaining activities usually helping to cut down cases of pupils absconding from schools,” added the District Director.

Msumi pointed out that even if the children fail to excel academically, sports provide alternative careers in things like soccer and athletics for their future lives and in fact many of them become stars.

One of the teachers trained in the program is Mwajuma Mmbaga from Kiranyi Primary School who admits that sports are the best incentive for pupils’ attendance as well as pushing parents to ensure that their children are present in both morning and afternoon sessions.

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