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Parwe JSS to host Olympic Day celebrations

Parwe Junior Secondary School is readying to host the Olympic Day Celebrations slated for June 28.

Speaking during a Parents and Teachers Association meeting recently, the school management, through the sports committee, urged parents and teachers to be actively involved and ensure that the celebrations left lasting memories in the community of Mahalapye.

Senior teacher responsible for sport, Oreeditse Marakakgoro appealed to parents to encourage children to participate in sport because it exposed them to opportunities not presented in the classroom but with potential to improve their future.

She said the school was fortunate to be hosting the event.

As such, she appealed to stakeholders in the education system more especially parents to be fully involved.

Marakakgoro said sporting activities were used to empower students to focus on other aspects of life other than academics.

She further said the Olympic Day Celebrations would afford students an opportunity to showcase Setswana culture through attaire, food, indigenous games and patlo; a Setswana process of sending elders to ask for a woman’s hand in marriage on behalf of their son.

Marakakgoro noted with concern that the young generation was gradually loosening their grip on cultural values, norms and practices hence the event would allow for parents to share their knowledge on culture with students.

Sport, she said was a good way to impart knowledge since it involved practice.

Marakakgoro said though important in moulding children, it was unfortunate to note that most students were not in touch with culture and such affected their self-esteem.

She said the day would present an opportunity to find ways of overcoming communication barriers between parents and children adding that Olympism was powered by the values of friendship, excellence, respect, fair play and joy of efforts.

Both parents and students will also engage in the activities, which will also feature a 10km walk.

PTA committee chairperson, Mhiko Kekwaletswe appreciated the honour given to the school to host the event. Kekwaletswe highlighted that one of the concerning social ills in the community of Mahalapye was the use of habit forming drugs by students.

He was optimistic that with support from parents, the Olympic movement would instill positive behaviour in children. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Gaotlhobogwe Orefile

Location : MAHALAPYE

Event : Meeting

Date : May 26 Sun,2019

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