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Just Play to benefit more children

The Just Play Programme is making waves throughout the Cook Islands as it reaches more and more children and giving them all the opportunity to have Fun while taking part in organised activities where equipment and resources are provided to make it all possible.
Around fifteen school teachers and two Primary school principals participated in the training course over the two days to deliver the Just Play Programme in their respective schools.
Project Manager Michelle Paiti is looking forward to the opportunity of receiving the positive feedback from the newly trained facilitators as they implement the programme over the next six weeks.
“The workshop has provided enough information to the school teachers and I trust that the program will be delivered to the school children in the coming weeks,” says Paiti.
“I am interested in receiving the updates and photos from the two school teachers from the island of Palmerston,” she says. “This will be a new program for them and I am looking forward to that.”
The two day workshop also included a guest speaker from the Ministry of Health, Ms. Karen Tairea who specializes in healthy living and works closely with the Just Play program promoting physical activity and eating right.
The Just Play Kits which include bibs, balls, cones, whistles, rings and pumps as well as Teaching Manuals and resources were handed to the participating Primary School teachers following the completion of the workshop.
Developed by the OFC social responsibility and technical departments, Just Play is designed for children aged six to 12 and promotes physical activity while encouraging community involvement, healthy living, gender equality and disability development.
Just Play is funded by the Australian Government (AusAid), UEFA and Oceania Football Confederation.
Since it’s inauguration in March 2011 Just Play has reached over 1300 children – 49% Girls. It has seen 62 facilitators – trained school teachers, principals and community leaders with 74% females during its two workshops run here on Rarotonga, one in Aitutaki and one in Atiu.
It is now running in Tonga, American Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu.

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