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Just Play expands in PNG

Teachers from the Moresby North West Electorate attend the Just Play training session.

The OFC Just Play Programme continues to extend its reach in Papua New Guinea with the latest two-day course in Port Moresby bringing a new set of schools  into the fold.

Seven teachers from four primary schools in the National Capital District were joined by five Sunday School teachers from Sister Farehall Memorial Church in Gordons, at the Just Play Teachers’ Course held at Saint John Primary School.

The objective was for the teachers to familiarise themselves with the concept of the grassroots development programme.

PNG Just Play Project Manager Micah Kaneng said the popularity of the programme in Papua New Guinea and Oceania is growing and it is therefore important to ensure teachers and volunteers are equipped to successfully deliver Just Play.

“The OFC Just Play Programme has been around since 2012,” Kaneng said.

“Our goal is to see it expand throughout the country.”

PNGFA General Secretary Dimirit Mileng stressed the importance of involving students in sports and activities from a young age.

“The programme has changed mindsets since it was introduced and it is important to continue its rollout across Papua New Guinea,” Mileng said.

The OFC Just Play Programme was developed and implemented by the OFC Social Responsibility department alongside key partners the Australian Government, New Zealand Government, UEFA Foundation for Children, Football Federation Australia and UNICEF.

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