WCED Life Orientation launches ‘rope skipping in box’
20 May 2021
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) Life Orientation in partnership with Gymnastics South Africa (GSA) launched the ‘rope skipping in a box’ schools programme at Spine Road High School on Wednesday, 28 April 2021.
Sixteen schools across the province have been identified to form part of the national GSA programme. This equates to two schools in each education district.
Each school received a box with resources, assessment tools and equipment (skipping ropes) valued at over R5 000. The WCED is looking to expand this programme to all schools as funding becomes available.
Donny Jurgens, President of GSA, said skipping was an easy way to get learners and the community active. He invited schools and the community to enter the ‘Skip Nation Competition’ which is open to all ages, learners, teachers and parents.
Ismail Teladia, Senior Curriculum Planner: Life Orientation in the WCED, said the education department welcomed these partnerships. He said this programme was important in enhancing the delivery of physical education in our schools.
The aim of the programme was to expose teachers and learners to rope skipping as part of physical education but also as one of the disciplines of gymnastics. The programme was designed to teach learners fundamental movement skills, including balance and orientation and will contribute towards improved fitness levels.
This was one of several initiatives which GSA in partnership with the WCED want to introduce into schools in the province.