The Southern Region Football Association Chairperson, Lesego Leaketsa has implored primary schools management to cherish and incorporate football into the school culture.
Speaking at Kgabosetso Primary School prize giving ceremony, Leaketsa encouraged schools to engage and make use of the grassroots development programme which he said aims to create first love for sport and specifically targeting the girl and the boy child of 6-12 years old.
He said sport shapes the future of a student in different ways, teaches a child discipline and good conduct as well as early maturity and the capability to distinguish right from wrong.
Leaketsa further enlightened schools that it has been proven scientifically that through continuous exercise in sport, cognitive skills are improved and enhanced, therefore creating an environment where the thinking and reasoning capability of a child is boosted.
He said through a balanced combination of sports and education primary schools will not only improve the upward rise of Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) results, but will also develop sport persons, leaders and administrators of tomorrow.
He explained that getting good results will unite the school and the Moshupa community as well hence standing a better chance of being adopted by different companies.
“If the school is doing well academically everyone will like to be associated with it,” he said.
He however urged coaches to assist the boy and the girl child to have equal opportunities to participate in sport especially the ladies football which is at infant stage in Botswana.
He said the Botswana Football Association (BFA) alone cannot make a significant impact in terms of football development in the country without the necessary support from all stakeholders including schools.
He explained that football in Botswana is challenged when it comes to facilities and equipment.
He however, encouraged communities to talk to the local authorities to avail at least the basic facilities so that children are developed in a favourable environment.
Leaketsa pleaded with the school management to do everything in their power to set standards in both sports and academics that will be coveted by other schools in the region and beyond.
He congratulated all those who were awarded and encouraged those who did not make it to pull up their socks and rise above challenges.
He further implored parents to continue working with teachers to ensure excellent academic performance that will cement their children’s chances of bright future.
He warned that a rift between stakeholders and schools tend to produce juvenile felons.
The school head teacher, Goabaone Bakwena decried lack of funds as their great impediment since primary schools do have their own vote. She explained that the money which they are being given by the council is too little for schools to buy and provide all necessities for children`s education.
She said it is the child`s right to exercise and play in order to enhance a healthy living and to refresh their minds. She cited the need for play grounds, computers and library books among others saying these can encourage children to love school and even to learn more.
She added that the early ages of a child form a firm foundation which determines the future. She further explained that a school has to be entertaining in order to attract children therefore she pleaded to companies and parents for assistance to avail the aforementioned necessities.
For her part, deputy school head Ithuteng Mokokwe said the school is excelling in both academics and sports. She said in 2014 their school scored 69 per cent pass rate for (PSLE) compared to 61 per cent pass rate in 2013.
Mokokwe further explained that Kgabosetso Primary School is doing exceptionally well in sports, citing football and chess.
“We have by far developed a girl who is playing for under 17 national women’s football team in 2014,” she added.
She said their success is encouraged by the participation of both parents and teachers who are working tirelessly despite challenges, for the success of their children’s education.