In Nepal, school education is only focused on textbooks and education is exam oriented. The schools and government do not recognize the importance of physical education and sports, although these subjects are included in the school curriculum. Lack of resources and knowledge, sports and physical education are taught theoretically and students hardly ever have chance to play the sports which they study in the text books.
Many research results have showed that physical education has positive outcomes in terms of personal and social development. Physical education and sports have an important role to play in constructing the society of Nepal for the future.
Sports can play a catalyst role in fostering friendship, unity and respecting diversity in a multi-cultural and linguistic country like Nepal which has recently come out of a decade-long conflict. Because of political environment in the country, children are exposed to different kinds of violence; schools are often forced to close by different political and ethnic groups which have had negative impact on students’ psychological well being and social behaviour.
Play for peace sport project aims at increasing harmony among children and respecting cultural, ethnic and religious diversity in the community through sports.
In 2006 the sport project ‘Play for Peace’ is founded by Loes Meulenbroeks and Sandra Rutten in cooperation with ICFON. In 2010 the project made a restart. Since that time 2 groups of 3 students who are studying Psychomotorical Therapy at the CALO in Zwolle has followed a traineeship at the Play for Peace project in Nepal. Beside that, they help with shaping the project in the future. The project will be coordinated from Holland.
NEST (Nepal Educational Support Trust, www.nestworld.org) is the cooperation partner in Nepal.
Goals of the ‘Play for Peace’ Project
- To help pupils of selected schools recognize their potential and prepare them to be responsible citizen of the country.
- Create more possibilities and create positive changes for women and girls as well as disadvantaged children at all levels of involvement in sport and physical education. They need to get the chance to participate in sports.
- To give extra attention to students who are not so developed on motoric area.
- Stimulate sports to create more solidarity between children. Children can forget their problems and sorrow and they don’t go the wrong way like criminality.
- Teach teachers how to give sport lessons and how to teach discipline to children during their lessons.
- Create awareness in the environment of Hetauda (south of Nepal) about mental and physical disabled people. Make clear that disabled people are equal compare with not-disabled people.
- Create sport clubs so that children will have the possibility to sport after school.
- To help develop trust and harmony among children and learn to be mentally, physically healthy