The importance of sports and games in school encompasses more than just the benefit of physical activity. Increases in self-esteem and mental alertness make school sports and games necessary for every school age child.
Although the benefits of school sports abound, with a diminishing economy, many schools are cutting out sports and physical education programs to the detriment of students nationwide.
It is on that note that the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) has continued to advocate for the promotion of games through partnerships with schools.
On Thursday, the UOC and GEMS Cambridge International School Kampala renewed their partnership in a joint move to promote Olympic values, Olympism and the spirit of sport among the youth.
The two parties renewed their marriage by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UOC President, William Blick and GEMS Chief Education Officer, Bill Lyttle representing the respective entities.
The new three year MoU will aim at promoting Olympic values through Olympic Value Education Programmes (OVEP) as a means of diffusing the true spirit of sport among the young people in GEMS and the country at large.
This will be reached through initiatives aimed at teaching Olympism and Commonwealth games movement spirit among students, exchange programmes, providing free online publications and magazines, scholastic material and scholarships among others.
Lytte lauded UOC for the renewal of the partnership and promised that GEMS will continue to embrace the programmes that are mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding.
“We are greatly honored that UOC have renewed the partnership because we have seen from the previous three years that the programme has been productive. We therefore pledge to keep the marriage and promote sports through education.” He said.
In the same currency, William Blick, the Uganda Olympic Committee President thanked GEMS for the commitment towards promoting sports and indicated the new partnership will yield more results.
“The start was very fruitful and it is on that note that we agreed to renew our partnership. As UOC we thank GEMS because they have been at the forefront of helping sport in the country. The She Cranes, rugby 7s and several other teams have used the school facilities for training. Besides, they have continued to promote sports as part of their activities,” Blick stated.
The first activity under the renewed partnership will be the 2018 Olympic debate championship that will take place on 24th February at GEMS attracting over 200 students from over 30 schools.
This will be followed by the Commonwealth Day on 12th March which will also have a number of activities as Uganda prepares for the 2018 Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.