A 2 day training camp was held for physical education teachers of junior colleges by ZP, HSC board on 25th and 26th July 2013. The camp was a district level meet to discuss the physical education curriculum for the junior college students. Physical Education (PE) teachers of many Junior colleges from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad area attended the camp.
It is extremely heartening to know that this was the first time that such a training camp was conducted. We feel that equal emphasis should be given to the Â‘physicalÂ’ part of Â‘educationÂ’, as much as mental or academic. As J.F. Kennedy rightly said, Â“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.Â”
The value of physical fitness can never be overstated. It builds self esteem, reduces stress, improves judgement, provides a lifetime recreational opportunity, helps to establish, strive for, and achieve personal goals, prevents a sedentary lifestyle.
The topics discussed in the meet included physical fitness and its development, injuries related to bones and joints, doping, nutrition, fitness index, obesity, yoga, games and competitions, fitness test etc. The syllabus and the practical problems of PE teachers in its implementation were also discussed in detail.
In this age of technology, pace and competition, we want our children to be playing; not on screens, but on grounds! Not individual games of violence, but games teaching team spirit and cooperation! We want our children to be energetic, active and fit throughout their lives! For this very reason, P.E. deserves its righteous place in the scheme of things. Such a camp is a very positive step in that direction. We want our children to develop love for play, yearning for some game, so that they always have a huge ground to dump their worries in, throughout their lifetime.
We are the ones who can start making the change. We, the community of parents, teachers and students should realize the urgency to transform ourselves into an active lifestyle. Here at Millennium we want to see a healthy tomorrow for all of us. We will strive to ignite that healthy spark in our children which shall remain with them forever. And we need a strong support from parents in achieving this. Are we game?