Report on National Physical Education And Sport Policy Media Seminar & Briefing:
5th March, 2015 at Ministry of Education Conference Room, Accra.

Introduction.

As one of several steps to disseminate the national Physical Education And Sports (PEAS) policy, the Ghana Education Service (GES) reached out to a number of national and local media-radio, television and newspapers stakeholders. Thus, on March 5th 2015, GES invited media stakeholders to a one- day media seminar and briefing on the PEAS Policy. The seminar and briefing meeting was held at the Ministry of Education conference room in Accra. The purpose was school the media on the conceptual framework which underlie the policy and to help them understand the concepts and the administrative structure of the PEAS policy. The PEAS policy is benchmarked to a number of call to action and declaration documents including but not limited to:

  • UNESCO Charter of Physical Education and Sport (1978)
    “Every human being has a fundamental right  of access to PEAS, which  are essential for the full development of personality. The freedom to develop musculoskeletal movements, intellectual and moral powers through PEAS must be guaranteed both within the educational  system and in other aspects of social life.”
  • UNESCO’s Berlin World Sports Ministers Conference (2013)
    “PE is the most effective means of providing all children and youth with the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding  for lifelong participation in society”
  • Ghana Report Card on PA for Children and Youth (2014)
    “overall, PA level received grade D. This means that, less than 40% of Ghanaian children and youth are engaged in physical activities for at the least 3 days per week or more and at any meaningful level of intensity to cover aerobic endurance, muscle and bone strength and flexibility or coordination.”
  • Quality Physical Education: Guidelines for Policy-Makers (2015)
    Accordingly, in 2010, UNESCO’s Committee for PEAS called for tools to reinforce capacity in this area.. leading to the development of QPE: Guidelines for Policy-Makers in 2015

The PEAS policy is intended to engage all pertinent decision-makers, media, head- teachers, teachers of other subjects, and parents to  appreciate the educational importance of Quality Physical Education and Sport in the lives of children and youth should be developed for application across the full spectrum of educational providers.

Participants
A total of 53(6f) media practitioners were drawn from 4 regions namely Volta, Ashanti, Western, and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana. Of the 53 participants, 6 were Television presenters, 32 Radio presenters, 14 Newspaper writers and 1 Information Service Department.The choice of these media houses were carefully done to ensure the establishment of a network that will contribute to the sharing of PEAS information and good practice in terms of the need for practice-based reflection to better evidence the optimal role of physical education in promoting Values and Global Citizenship education, the effectiveness of school- community sport partnerships, and the capacity of physical education to contribute to physical, mental, and social wellbeing of learners.

Presentation
The PEAS policy guideline was presented by Professor Reginald Ocansey from Active Lifestyle and Wellness Association of Ghana and Gao Kwabena from Right To Play.  The Presenters indicated that the PEAS policy is designed to address concerns from parents that time spent in sports is time spent away from studies.The presentation enumerated the social and academic impact when learners engaged in physical education and sports. Physical education teachers will be provided with a curriculum and their capacities built on how to use sports and play to develop important life skills, such as confidence, teamwork, leadership, cooperation and creativity whilst increasing physical activity levels of learners. The curriculum to be developed if the policy is accepted will be integrated into classroom activities and daily free play, and inter-school sports competitions. This way, integration and inclusion, social competence, retention and completion of class grades, academic excellence, sport performance, and healthy life shall be guaranteed students.

Observations
Practitioners after the presentation wanted to know whether the policy has made provisions for academic gains, injuries and sport times. It was explained that, guidelines, in general, and for such provisions shall be developed when it comes to policy implementation activities to be initiated by the National PEAS secretariat.

A suggestion was also made to Ghana Education Service to lobby the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to allocate 1% of the common fund to support the purchase of sports equipment for the teaching of physical education and sports. This they belief should be captured in the policy guidelines. This way, Ministry of Local government, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sport Authority will contribute to the smooth take-off and implementation of school sports and the teaching of physical education in schools.