Government to set up efficient sports curriculum 

11Jun 2021
Michael Sikapundwa
The Guardian
Government to set up efficient sports curriculum 

THE government has ordered the Ministry for Information, Culture, and Sports, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training to cross-check the educational curriculum, seeking to get pupils and students to be taught sports effectively.

Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, holds the national flag as he launched this year's inter-primary shools games, Umitashumta, in Mtwara mid this week. The occasion took place shortly after he addressed 5000 participants from across the country. MICHAEL SIKAPUNDWA

Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, made the call in Mtwara mid this week during the kick-off of this year's inter-primary schools games, Umitashumta, which are to be held in the region up to July 3.

The Umitashumta games' slogan is 'sports, arts, and education for industrial economic development.

Majaliwa's directive was made in the wake of reports showing Tanzania is not an active member in international sports competitions and Olympic Games due to poor preparation of squad caused b poor training in institutions.

The PM said reviving sports colleges which include Mtwara's, Mwanza's Malya, and Butimba is inevitable because the colleges have been producing the best sportsmen and women these days.

''Tanzania was known internationally due to our products like Hashim Thabit, a basketballer representing us in the USA's National Basketball Association (NBA) League and Mbwana Samatta in soccer'' he disclosed.

Apart from mentioning the best products from Tanzanian sports institutions, Majaliwa ordered institutions to set up sports calendars from kindergarten to secondary schools because youths' involvement in sports at an early age is useful in talent development.

Minister fo Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Innocent Bashungwa, in response to Majalia's order, pledged that his ministry will allocate posts for physical education teachers before the end of this year.

''My ministry, in cooperation with other stakeholders, has collaborated with Mbwana Samatta's institution and sports experts from Sweden in scouting. I hope there will be more professionals after the end of this tournament,'' he disclosed.

Bashungwa moreover promised the construction of a sports center at Malya College in Mwanza, seeking t identify various talents.

The minister disclosed his ministry and Prime Minster's Office will sort out public schools across the country which will be sponsored in talent empowerment initiative.

Jamhuri Kihwelu, a prominent junior soccer coach, said Majaliwa's call on sports talent empowerment is what the late Tanzania President, John Pombe Magufuli, insisted on during his regime.

Kihwelu lauded the government under President Samia Suluhu for emphasizing sports development.

He added: ''Now I hope for the return of popular sportsperson set to emulate our past prominent sports personnel, Adolf Mashali, and John Kulagwa, who were a product of sports academies in those days.''

He noted: ''I see job opportunities coming up for many youths in and outside the country.''

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