Implementation of KILT’s initiatives is backed by the principals, assisted by volunteers and supported by donor funding.
Extramural sporting activities
Physical education and sporting activities are essential for young people’s development and growth, yet sporting facilities are sorely lacking at Knysna’s schools.
KILT has contracted Active Education Knysna to introduce physical education and sporting activities in schools where these were not included in the curriculum, and to expand team sports such as netball, cricket, rugby and soccer.
In October 2018, the six schools held one of the biggest five-a-side football festivals that Knysna has seen, with 350 girls and boys competing in under-twelve and under-ten teams. Parents’ enthusiastic attendance at the festival showed that this is a way to get them involved with their children’s schooling.
In November 2018 alone, some 3 770 children took part in sporting programmes, thus reaching 66% of all the children in the six schools.
Physical education and sports disciplines such as judo, karate and boxing that focus on personal development and can be conducted indoors, are being introduced in phases. We are also recruiting coaches from among parents and training them in the various disciplines to support the organisers.
Sports and recreational activities can mitigate violence and crime in schools and communities, since the camaraderie they generate provides an alternative to gang-related activities. In view of the increasing numbers of at-risk children, we are expanding the sports programme to all 17 of Knysna’s schools, with the larger schools each having two coaches, supported by volunteers.