Skipping rope – it is a favorite but rarely practiced pastime among primary school students, but the Ministry of Sports believes it can be good for your physical health and in an effort to end the couch potato syndrome among our youngest, it has started a program for skipping rope in primary schools. Teachers from 70 schools in the Belize, Corozal and Cayo Districts were trained by representatives of the Caribbean Sport Development Association of Trinidad and Tobago earlier this year and some of them were today given jump rope equipment to take back to their schools. Minister of Sports Herman Longsworth tells us about plans to make this and other physical activities a regular part of the school curriculum, which he admits does not have enough trained teachers for the discipline.
Herman Longsworth: We must appreciate that physical education is already in the curriculum. It is not being taught and I can’t complain, I can’t argue with teachers who feel like they aren’t properly trained to go out and teach physical activity. So what we’re trying to do is to ensure that we get teachers trained properly. Before we start to request that the insistence remain that physical activity be a part of the everyday activities of these schools. It’s already in the curriculum. It’s just not being implemented.
The packages contained 35 pieces of rope of varying lengths and colours. There will be a national jump rope competition organized by the National Sports Council next June. Training is being organized for schools in Orange Walk, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.