Children from the age of six to twelve years will enjoy a new programme implemented by the OFC Just Play this year.
Following a training-of-trainings workshop in Fiji in November 2019, the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is set to launch the revised Just Play 6-12-year Programme curriculum across the Pacific region.
“The new curriculum, expand the social focus of the programme from 4-pillars to 8-separated pillars, allowing children to explore a variety of areas relevant to them and their communities,” explains Melissa Palombi, OFC Social Responsibility Programme Manager.
“The expanded programme design will include a focus on Health, Wellness, Safeguarding, Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Emergency Preparedness and Lifeskills.”
This expanded programme model allows teachers and community volunteers to spend more time exploring focus areas with children.
With the inclusion of 8-sessions per focus area, the newly developed Just Play 6-12-year Programme will target children in both school and community-based settings for a period of 4-years.
The new programming design incorporates lesson learnt and documented feedback from programming teams, partners and stakeholders, that has helped to enhance programming components that will help OFC to deliver better outcomes for children in the Pacific.
“By promoting learning through football and play-based activities, Just Play is helping children in the Pacific to develop healthy lifestyle habits which are more likely to be carried through to adulthood.”
The OFC Just Play Programme has been designed and developed with the support of the Australian and New Zealand Governments, the Football Federation of Australia, the UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF Pacific.