‘Use sports to develop children’

Dr-BitubuRight to Play (RTP) has marked this year’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with a call on Ghanaians to use sports as tool to develop children.

Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, Dr. Bello Bella Bitugu said sports for development teaches the need for tolerance, self-discipline and control.

The day was celebrated with inmates of the Senior Boys Correctional Home on Thursday in Accra, bringing together children from the Street Academy, School Sport and Nimobi Ladies and inmates from the correctional home. The children were taken through games such as catch the dragon tail, seated volleyball, right to responsibility, garbage collection and spelling race.

Speaking on the theme “United action towards sustainable development for all through sports”, Dr. Bitugu said it is only through unity that the nation can have a sustainable development as well as adequate education.

He noted that there was the need to apportion enough time to address the challenges that hinder development and seek ways to confront them.

He called on government and the private sector to come on board to compliment the efforts of Non-Governmental Agencies (NGO’s). The Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr. Joe Kpenge described sports as a tool that can be used to develop the life of an individual and can also be used to change the behavior of a child positively.

According to Mr. Kpenge, sports will help build the children mentally, make them active and nurtures the talents in them for the future.

He noted that his outfit was committed in working with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Right to Play which he commended for making efforts to develop the young ones in building social and national heroes.

The NSA boss added that, his outfit is working hard to have infrastructure in the villages and at the outskirts to give children the opportunity to play.

Madam Ethel Sakitey, Country Director of Right to Play said, her organization was poised to use sports to build the confidence of children and engage with communities to highlight key life skills lessons to the children.

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsin

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