Right To Play (RTP)-Liberia Country Director, Marie Josephine Kora Thama, on behalf of her organization has donated 400 footballs to authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE).
In her presentation statement yesterday in the courtyard of the MOE in Monrovia, Madam Thama informed the outgoing Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh about the importance RTP attaches to playing, involving outdoor sporting activities, to the learning of school going children.
The exercise, according to her, is being formulated by RTP for school authorities to educate students and make them become peace builders in their respective communities.
“We train local teachers and community leaders to make education fun so that kids become excited to learn and engage their lessons with physical fitness following play,” Madam Thama asserted.
She reminded the MOE officials who attended yesterday’s ceremony that RTP games and activities teach the children important life-saving lessons, like how to wash their hands and use a mosquito net.
For that purpose, RTP Country Director further donated a set of Ebola preventive materials which included a well-designed hand washing bucket with faucets and several bottles of hand sanitizers.
According to her, while food, water and shelter are essential, so is a childhood that is complete with education and opportunities to actively engage with other children in play.
As such, Madam Thama informed the gathering that there are areas of the world today where children are not able to experience the benefits of play, admonishing that “this is the problem that we must tackle.”
“At the core of every activity is our Reflect-Connect-Apply approach, which encourages children to examine their experiences, relate those experiences to what they already know and apply that learning to their daily lives,” Madam Thama emphasized.
In response, Minister Tarpeh expressed the Ministry’s gratitude to RTP-Liberia for the donations, saying, “It will make a lot of difference in that it will motivate the teachers to identify with the children while on the field of play.”