FIRST LADY AND GERMANY OFFICIALS DISCUSS SPORTS FOR DEVELOPMENT
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni on Wednesday 4th October held a meeting with Officials from the Germany Development Cooperation (GIZ), Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB) and the International Amateur Athletic Federation [ IAAF] who called on her at Nakasero State House to brief her about their assessment of the potential of sports (athletics) for development in Uganda.
The team led by Dr. Wolf Christian Peters from the Germany Development Cooperation were on a 10- day fact finding mission to Uganda from 27th September 2017 to seek partnership in implementing the Sports for Development Project in the country.
Mrs. Janet Museveni, who was together with the State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi, were briefed that the joint mission assessed the potential for establishing a program using Sports to contribute to development especially with refugees and their host communities.
During their time in Uganda, the team visited various areas including the refugee camp in Adjumani District and also held meetings with Stake holders from the Ministry of Education and sports, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social development, Uganda Olympic Committee, Uganda Paralympics Committee, Uganda Athletics Federation, UNHCR, UNICEF, Sports NGO`s and the Academia among others.
Dr. Wolf Christian Peters said that utilizing sports, especially athletics, for development is an appropriate flexible tool to address challenges caused by conflict, promote community resilience and also to engage, mobilize and empower the key target groups which are the children and youth while reaching out to their communities.
He said sport promotes social integration, encourages an active lifestyle and serves as an educational tool and in Uganda sports can be used to promote social cohesion and peace building between refugees and the host communities, to mobilize the young people to participate in education activities and promote values, life skills and healthy life styles among others.
He said the program implementation activities will start by next year with a stake holder round table in Kampala and first multiplier training workshops in Uganda. The activities will include training of trainers, producing tool kits for development in a Ugandan context plus recreation and public health activities.
He thanked the First Lady and the team from the Ministry of Education for their contributions towards the program.
Mrs. Janet Museveni, who had earlier met the team from German on 27th September; the day they jetted into the country, thanked them for the work accomplished in the ten days they have been in the country. She welcomed the proposed Sports program saying it comes at an opportune time when activities that can occupy the large numbers of young people, especially in the rural areas, are much sought after. She said sports can be used as an eye opener to many other activities like skills development.
She emphasized the importance of ensuring that the refugees and their host communities equally benefit from such programmes
Mrs. Museveni said her Ministry will continue with the discussions and ensure that successful implementation of the programme when the time comes.
The State Minister for Sports Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi said that sports are a tool for development, unity and it fights idleness and bad behaviors in the communities. He recommended that all the people including the vulnerable be involved in the program.