United Nations Police in Eastern Equatoria use school sports to uphold the principles of fair play
More than 80 students from Bishop Akio Memorial Secondary School in Torit, Eastern Equatoria practiced the principles of fair play during a United Nations Police-led school outreach program in Equatoria State Oriental.
For Paul Biaju, the school’s principal, the adult male and female athletes who have passed through his school are a source of pride.
“Many of my students who participated in inter-school competitions while enrolled here are now playing for national teams in different sports,” he said. “We encourage sportsmanship because the status achieved by our successful alumni contributes to the welfare of the school.”
The outreach program began early in the morning with a discussion on the importance of physical education and sport, and how the principles of fair play can be applied in various life contexts respecting both rules and moral imperatives. Thus enlightened, the participating boys and girls formed six mixed teams and played in a mini football tournament.
Islam Fadly, a police adviser working with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, said the happiness displayed by the students was likely heightened by the timing of the event.
“It was a good opportunity to make them happy before their next final exams. I also hope that they will continue these activities on a regular basis, because they are so important.
The students were, in fact, delighted to have the opportunity to de-stress.
“I really enjoy the game. It’s wonderful to take time off for serious study,” said James Lojuju John.
“As you can see, there are girls on the pitch playing with the boys. I find this absolutely exciting because in our traditional culture, this kind of mixing is not tolerated,” said Nancy Amoo Ezbon.
“It is interesting to see how my comrades approach the games. What I take away from this is that I can achieve anything I want if I put my mind to it,” said Francis Atavinpa.
“It’s all great! After all, this is also part of learning and living,” said Simon Sanko.
Before leaving the school, the visiting blue helmets handed over a collection of useful objects to athletes and students alike: footballs, a pump to inflate them, jerseys, socks, boots and exercise books.
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