Children in the Wilderness (CITW), in association with Diacore Gaborone Marathon, has launched an exciting Sports in the Wilderness programme at 15 of its affiliated Eco-Club schools in Botswana. From 11 to 27 February 2019, each school will be hosting an environmentally-themed track and field Sports Day to inspire and motivate children to care for themselves, and their environment.
“As one of the ongoing beneficiaries of the annual Diacore Gaborone Marathon, Botswana’s largest charity sporting event, we were thrilled to receive this additional sponsorship from Diacore to launch our new Sports in the Wilderness programme. By introducing these inspirational Sports Days at our partner schools, we are able to increase our children’s physical and mental fitness, whilst inspiring them to work together as a team. Taking part in fun sports days helps children improve their social, personal and leadership skills, whilst building confidence at the same time”, said CITW Programme Manager, Janet Wilkinson.
Managing Director of Diacore, Kfir Teichman, concurred: “This is a project that is very close to our hearts, and we are excited to see future athletes engaged and supported even at this age. These children are our future stars and investing in them is the best thing that we can do”.
The Sports Days offer all the participants the opportunity to take part in a range of athletics events, including individual running races, and three team events: soccer, netball and volleyball. “We have already completed the first eight Sports Days in the Okavango region and in Maun, with the children also being treated to healthy snacks and inspiring environmental talks between sporting events. Many of them, even those who aren’t part of our Eco-Clubs, said that the event has inspired them to look after their environment, starting from their homes”, commented Lesh Moiteela, CITW Botswana Programme Coordinator.
The remainder of the Sports Days are currently being rolled out, with the final one scheduled to take place in Gaborone on 3 May 2019. “We are proud of the success of these Sports Days so far, and hope to be able to drive this programme into the future as a fun, annual event that enables us to expand our CITW Eco-Club programme to reach more children, more often – inspiring our future leaders to love and care for their natural world”, concluded Janet.
CITW’s Eco-Clubs comprise a structured programme that gives interested primary school students a chance to learn, discuss and expand their knowledge of environmental issues with fellow school mates. Since launching the programme in 2001, CITW has focused on reaching more children, more often, now proudly running 60 Eco-Clubs across seven African countries. In addition to hosting numerous children at Eco-Clubs throughout the year, CITW has hosted nearly 7 000 children and 402 teachers at 207 annual Eco-Club Camps over the past 17 years.
The CITW Sports Days are taking place at the following schools:
|Northern Okavango||Beetsha Primary School|
Gunotsoga Primary School
Seronga Primary School
Gudigwa Primary School
|Southern Okavango||Tubu Primary School|
Habu Primary School
Sankuyo Primary School
|Maun||Shashe Primary School|
|Bobirwa||Lentswe le Moriti Primary School |
Motlhabaneng Primary School
Mathathane Primary School
Semolale Primary School
Mabolwe Primary School
Gobojango Primary School
|Gaborone||Tshwaragano Primary School|