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Just Play Delivers Successful Course for Aitutaki

Just Play Project Manager and Instructor Michelle Paiti delivered a successful training course for teachers and community group leaders in Aitutaki.
Fifteen participants took part in the two day training course where they learnt about the social issues affecting us here in the Cook Islands in the areas of Health, Gender, Disability and Child Protection and how the Just Play Program can help address these through its four social objectives.
Almost sixty Children from Vaitau School and the village of Vaipae joined the participants on second day to have a go at these new activities and have some fun.
“Practical sessions were a key part of the course where participants had the opportunity to practice delivering to different age groups of children and that helped them learn how to adapt the activities when needed” said Paiti.
During the course participants also worked on ways to deliver the key messages in a creative and fun way to capture the children’s imagination and attention.
“The messages were fun and facilitators can be creative turning messages into short songs that children of all ages will be able to remember” said Araura College teacher Terangi Tamati.
Participants also learnt the importance of the new monitoring and evaluation tools which will help them and the Just Play Team provide reports on the impact it is having as well as where we can improve it.
One Araura Primary teacher commented on the programme saying the new social messages will help our kids become role models in the future.
“During our practical’s more and more children came as they saw the kids having fun, so I can see the impact this programme can have” said Araura Primary School teacher Michelle Paerau.
Just Play Kits full of equipment required for this programme were presented to the new school facilitators to allow them to deliver the programme throughout the next six months and beyond.
“The equipment provided is fantastic and everything a facilitator needs and it’s just perfect there is no need for a large field” adds Tamati.
Just Play Project Manager Michelle Paiti said that all teachers and community leaders grasped the overall concept very well and we are looking forward to the updates from the development officer and feedback from the principals, teachers and community groups and children throughout the 16 week programme, but most of all we hope the children have fun and positive experiences.
The course showcased how football contributes to change and its partnerships with in the community, government and Ministry of Education.
Developed by the Oceania Football Confederation social responsibility and technical department, Just Play is designed for children aged five to thirteen and promotes active healthy lifestyles.
“We would like to acknowledge the continued funding and support of this programme from the Australian Government (AusAid), UEFA, Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and UNICEF” says Paiti.