Thursday 30 January 2014

With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Education (MoE) recognized the efforts and successes of nearly 125 public school physical education teachers who participated in the Life Skills through Sports program. Life Skills through Sports, implemented by Save the Children is part of the larger Education Reform Support Program (ERSP) funded by USAID in in partnership with Creative Associates International and the Ministry of Education (MoE). Life Skills through Sports helps students in grades 8 to 11 develop their life skills through participation in extracurricular sports activities.

The program has been implemented by Save the Children in 100 Jordanian public schools, distributed equally between male schools and female schools, reaching more than 13,500 students throughout the Kingdom. Through participation in the program, students practice teamwork, communication, problem solving and other skills that will help them grow into healthy, productive citizens and active participants in their communities. The sports practiced include football, basketball, handball and volleyball, as well as other skill-building physical activities.

The event celebrates the intensive engagement on the part of the physical education teachers, as well as the contributions from representatives of the private sector who donated sports equipment to support the program. The ceremony was held at the Inter Continental Hotel under the patronage of the Secretary General of Technical and Educational Affairs for the Ministry of Education, represented by Mr. Bashar Al Omari the Director of Educational Activities Department and and the Director of the USAID Education and Youth Office, Ms. Allyson Wainer.

“This program has helped students to acquire and share life skills that will enable them to compete and succeed in today’s global economy. And the best part is that they’ve accomplished this while having fun and being physically active,” commented Allyson Wainer, USAID’s Education and Youth Office Director.