NOIDA: Start of sports activities and competitions in public primary and higher primary schools for which Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 are granted respectively for the purchase of the necessary sports equipment.
While plans are being made by school to include boys and girls in sports activities like basketball, table tennis, gymnastics, judo, athletics, kho-kho, badminton, cricket, hockey, etc. As schools reopen beginning June 16, the focus is on selecting the best players in a particular sport from all districts for state-level competition.
For this, the Department of Basic Education has had to use the services of experts from the sports association and officers from the sports department (serving/retired) on invitation to motivate the students.
“I have given directives to all block and divisional level schools in the district to ensure the start of sports activities and preparations for sports competitions without waiting for the date of announcement of sports programs. This is done on the directive of Dr Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, Director of Department of Basic Education (DoBE) Uttar Pradesh,” said Aishwarya Lakshmi Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) GB Nagar.
As part of the activity, regular sports activities will be conducted on the first four days of the week, followed by Scouting activities on the last two days of the week. “All details related to these should be kept in a school register,” Lakshmi said.
For this, financial aid is also provided by the government to improve sports facilities in schools. “The Indian government has provided Rs 5,000 per primary school and Rs 10,000 per upper primary school for the purchase of sports equipment in the districts. Schools requiring infra upgrade will have the option to add sports equipment from the allocated amount and ensure its proper use,” said Lakshmi who adds that sports activities should start as soon as schools open from of June 16.
While Dr. Singh emphasized the importance of sport for overall child development, he led regular activities in this area. “We must not forget that sport is very important for the physical and mental development of children. Therefore, maximum opportunities should be given to children,” Singh said.
Furthermore, while competitions for boys and girls will be held separately, a directive has also been issued to ensure that there is no discrimination between boys and girls in sports competitions. “Girls should be given every opportunity to participate in sports and competitions,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, schools have been instructed to draw up plans and timetables where full details of all children enrolled in the school will be prepared on an excel sheet which is expected to show pupils selected for post-level sporting events. competition. While the remaining students are required to regularly practice sports of their choice, at their own level.
“The focus was on developing a child’s sporting activity alongside going to school. In this, more and more attention will be paid to sports instead of preparing children to participate only in sports shows or a rally. While the rally is only a demonstration of games, keeping in mind the interest of children, from grade 1 to 8, each child will be engaged in a sport with an opportunity to play,” said Lakshmi .