1,000 physical education teachers in govt schools to undergo ‘physical literacy’ training, says Delhi’s deputy CM – education

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Around 1,000 physical education teachers in Delhi government schools will undergo a five-day online training programme on “Physical Literacy”, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday.

Sisodia inaugurated the online training programme being conducted in collaboration with famous badminton player Pullela Gopichand’s sports foundation.

“In the previous few years, you all have played the most important role in shaping our students. All the way through these COVID-19 times, your role has turn into even more a very powerful because our students are confined to their rooms. This is hampering the physical growth of all of the students,” Sisodia told the teachers.

He said physical education is something which will be needed 24X7 all over the life. “Physical and mental development are inter-linked. Today, when our children aren’t in a position to step out, it has turn into the need of the hour to introduce the concept that of physical literacy. “It’s going to help make each individual cognizant of their body and engage in the physical activities for their overall well-being,” he added.

Pullela Gopichnd said his coach Hamid Hussain did not teach him much approximately the sport but he taught him how to love the sport. “I have no idea how much we apply physics and chemistry in our day-to-day lives but a strong foundation in physical education will make a difference,” he said.

Emphasising on the importance of unorganized sports, Gopichand said, “Adaptation, learning to abide by the rules, you making others your leader and following them, these are all developed while playing an unstructured sport. It helps in teaching several life skills.”

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