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Co-ed cricket match between government primary schools

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Co-ed cricket match between government primary schools

With support from the community Aniketh Mendonca aims to promote gender equality through sport in Supi, India.

Cricket is the most followed sport in India and also one that is played widely in the country. Although the men’s as well as women’s national team are the best in their sphere, like most sports, the latter is not given much importance in the country. This is also seen at the rural level, where boys spend their days playing, and the girls are expected to help with household work before and after school hours.

In order to address this, Aniketh Mendonca, a Gandhi fellow with Kaivalaya Education Foundation along with the teachers of government primary school Supi (GPS Supi) and government primary school Talai (GPS Talai), in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, will be having a one-of-a-kind cricket match to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. This match will be a co-ed cricket match having an equal number of boys and girls in the team and will be played in the premises of GPS Supi.

The main intention of having a co-ed cricket match is to prevent the formation of a stereotype and to promote gender equality between young children. This match will be an important step in the region to emphasise the need for equal opportunities for both genders along with creating a platform to spread awareness among the parents and guardians about the importance of sports for the personal development of their children.

As the match will be played in the first week of the academic year, the underlying aim of the tournament will be to attract more children towards formal education and boost enrolment of the schools. The sponsorship for the match will also facilitate procurement of sports equipment for both the aforementioned schools.

The day will also have a screening of the 2002 Academy Award-nominated sports drama, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team.]

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 16:37