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Just Play Resumes On Rarotonga

Project Manager Michelle Paiti met with partners and schools involved with the programme yesterday to confirm its calendar, getting everyone up to par with its tendered events for the year.
With schools resuming this week Paiti is excited to launch the Sport for Development Programme again for its sixth year running.
The first Village Festival set for next week will touch on key messages surrounding the four key messages aligned with Just Play- Gender, Health, Child Protection and Inclusion, teaching children from ages 5-13 years about respecting one another, healthy lifestyle choices, reiterating that violence is not okay, and the importance of equality on-and-off field. These active learning sessions will be delivered by the Ministry of Health and the Child & Family, Disability and Gender divisons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in between fun sporting activities set out for the children.
“Through the integration of social messages, children also learn to develop healthy lifestyle habits and promote social inclusion and gender equality,” says Paiti.
Just Play Cook Islands has seen tremendous success since it’s an inception in 2011. Now well into 18 schools and 12 community groups across four islands, the incentive has a reach of over 1,878 children participating in the Sport for Development Programme and a total of 120 trained facilitators.
Paiti hopes to further expand the reach of her project to other outer islands including Mauke and Mitiaro. She also hopes to increase the participation of younger children in the 5-8 year-old bracket over the course of this year.
All children ages 5-13 years from the village of Tupapa and anyone else who is interested are invited to join in the festival next Tuesday at the Victoria Park from 2:30PM. The session will run for an hour and parents are most welcome to join in the fun.

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