NAIROBI May 15, 2017 — Learners aged between 7 and 12 years will from next year take part in the Co-curricular programme of activities instead of being mere spectators of older learners, the Director General, in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Leah Rotich has said.
Mrs. Rotich said the Ministry will integrate Kid’s Athletics for children aged between 7 and 12 years into the Co-curricular programme of activities.
The Director General spoke during Kids’ Athletics competitions that involved 300 children at Nakuru Boys High School last weekend. She was flanked by the President of Athletics Kenya, General (Retired) Jackson Tuwei.
The event was done in collaboration with Athletics Kenya (AK) which provided the couches that trained the children.
Mrs. Rotich said that it was only learners aged 13 and above who took participated in field and track athletics event, thereby denying children below 13 years from developing their talents.
She said the integration into co-curricular activities will enable children to discover basic activities like sprinting, endurance running, jumping, throwing/putting in just about any place.
The President of Athletics Kenya, General (Retired) Jackson Tuwei hailed the introduction of the programme, saying current athletics competitions targeted children of age 13 and above.
He said the programme will provide an opportunity for discovery of talent, and teach kids at that age, the need to compete without the temptation of getting into fraudulent practices like doping that has affected athletics for mature sportspeople.
Gen. Tuwei the programme will boost the growth and development of children, in addition to helping the children know people and cultures other than their own.
He said Kids Athletics would provide room for cohesion and integration of young Kenyans and help appreciate that they belonged to one country.