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The PE festival in Siem Reap was a hit!


The PE festival in Siem Reap was a hit!

The first physical education festival in the Wat Bo Primary School in Siem Reap, Cambodia was held on the 27-28 June.

Over the two days, almost 6000 students – aged 5 to 12 - participated in the festival held in the school yard. The students were divided into two groups, one group playing and competing on each day.

On both days the three hour programme started with the national anthem, and was followed by various activities: Japanese tamaire, relay running, dance train, dodgeball, goal kicking and basketball throwing. The classes collected points in each activity – counted by the well-trained jury of teachers - and it ended by a solemn announcement of results.

The festive atmosphere was guaranteed by a band of students playing on synthetizers, drums, accordions and key-flutes. A group of enthusiastic cheerleaders added their own share to the mood. The idea of the festival came from the school principal, Mr. Peung Kimchhen, and it was organised by all the teachers with the support and advice of a JICA (Japanese Overseas Cooperation Agency) volunteer, Mr. Yohei Fujimaru.

In Cambodia physical education (PE) is not a compulsory subject in primary schools. A Japanese NGO, Hearts of Gold is delivering a three and a half-year project in the country, distributing PE in 15 provinces, in co-operation with the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

Wat Bo Primary School is one of the involved schools in Siem Reap province. The festival has shown that with the commitment of the school management, the teachers and volunteers, the spirit of physical activity can be diffused not only within the project itself, but with such initiatives as well.

[This article was edited by the Operating Team]


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Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik


Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 23:00