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Promoting Physical Education in schools: A joint effort by UNICEF and partners

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Participants engaged in discussion, Pretoria, 19 November, Pretoria

Pretoria, 19-20 November 2015 - It is increasingly acknowledged that the health of school-going learners is enhanced by effective physical education programmes.

In light of this, UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education hosted a two-day conference in Pretoria in collaboration Physical Education Institute of South Africa (PEISA) and relevant stakeholders to support the implementation of PE in South Africa together with higher education institutions and civil society organisations.

The purpose of the conference was to gather all decision makers, partners and relevant stakeholders who are currently involved in Physical Education for a symposium to analyse the current state of PE in South Africa and to recommend steps to improve operations of PE in schools.

Ms Nozipho Xulu, Director of Education and Sport at the Department of Basic Education praised the initiative, noting that "the conference allowed for formulation of the framework of PE within the Life Orientation components of the syllabus". A notable outcome identified was an urgent need to improve the delivery of physical education lessons by teachers.

All the organisations present were encouraged to join forces with the Department of Basic Education to streamline physical education at school level not only in South Africa but to align to global benchmarks.





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