No-Fee Schools To Benefit From New Programme
The South Africa Department of Sports, Arts, Culture in Gauteng has partnered with the Education Department to introduce a sport programme in No Fee schools across the province. The department’s MEC has explained what the program entails.
The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation is introducing the Wednesday League. The partnership with the Department of Education has kicked off with an inclusion of arts and culture activities simultaneously implemented in schools.
While speaking in an interview, Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe said that the programme is aimed at minimizing the extent to which learners are exposed to negative habits such as drug abuse.
We’ve got a rise in young kids getting pregnant early, we’ve got a rise in young kids that are being engaged in substance abuse. This programme is to deal with this by bringing back sports and art so that they may engage positively.
She adds that the programme, which will be implemented in 1 270 schools, will focus primarily on soccer and netball as well as other minority sport codes.
Hlophe further stated that the programme will also extend beyond sport and will incorporate other arts and culture activities such as choir conducting and the training of aspiring DJs for children that are older.