The National SportInstitute andthe University of Goroka signed an MoU to share resources and drive human development through Sport Education.
The MoU is not a new one, but a renewal oftheir working relationship which dates back thirty one years.
Backthenthe academic staff of NSI feltthere was a need to educate and train physical education teachers to teachthe subject at secondary schools inthe country.
The renewal ofthe partnership was sealed atthPNG Sport Foundation in Port Moresby.
It was withnessed bythe Minister for Sport Justin Tkatchenko, Sport Foundation Chairman Graham Osborne, Acting NSI director Edris Kumbruwah, and ther stakeholders.
It was signed by Acting Executive Director Sport Foundation Iamo Launa and UoG vice chancellor Dr. Gairo Onagi.
“Sport Education needs to be revitalized because mental moral development is just not possible without physical development. A sound mind dwells only in a sound body. A strong healthy student will inthe long run surpassthe pale sickly scholar who’s merely a bookworm.
“A healthy and strong body is not possible without sports,the development of body is very essential in life. All our physical enjoyment and even our mental enjoyment depend on our body.
“Allthe degrees and achievements will be no use without a good physic and a healthy personality.
Sport develop many good qualities ofthe head andthe heart. They strenthenthe power of endurance and promote discipline, fair play and team spirit.”
These virtues are missing in many of our children today.
Dr. Onagi said for an all-round development of a child, school curriculums should include sports and games and health education. He said academic learning and sports education complement each ther and a student getsthe qualities of lLeadersip, tolerance, discipline, respect and team spirit from sports.
UOG Pro Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof Michael Mel saidthere is currently no teacher enrollment for Sport Education atthe University. The university is now looking for physically fit teachers of sports education to re-vitalizethe subject in schools.