Saturday, 1 September 2012

Sports to work the UN millennium goals

In the classroom, teachers from Mexico use as part of the curriculum: games, physical activities and sports to work with their students, 6-14 years, based on the contents of the eight UN millennium goals. In a playful, almost 200 children from primary institutions-mostly orphans, child development centers and homes that welcome children on the streets - they learn content on disease prevention, citizenship, gender equality, environment and national culture. The initiative is carried out by NGOs Deport-es to Share (Sports to Share in free translation) which has the support of the Mexican Association for the United Nations. So far, more than 40 000 children, most rural areas, have benefited from the initiative four years ago expands to several Mexican cities. The NGO will tie in with the schools to which the themes and activities will become part of the school curriculum.

In practice, the program passes through five times. The first is the training of teachers through training where they learn to work the millennium goals in games and sports activities. In the second step, educators go into the classroom with a mission to empower children to replicate what they learn in their communities.
Another time, includes parents in the educational process. Class meetings become sessions they also get to participate in activities and learn more about the program. In the next stage are professional sportsmen - fighter’s taekwondo, judo or athletes - who visit schools. Inside the classroom, they tell about their daily lives and encourage students in the spirit of resilience and self-esteem. Outside school, the athletes take the children to practice different sports.

The last time the program is replacing the "treasure chest", a box with pictures, cards and crafts made by students sent to schools in other communities.

Accessed on: august 6, 2012
Researched by Daniela Silva

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