At recent meeting with the Acting Director of Sports, I found it appropriate to recommend the establishment of a National Physical Education programme.
The intention here is to go beyond the introduction of Physical Education as an integral component of the curriculum by the Ministry of Education, to a programme that reaches the homes of everyone nation-wide.
There is no shortage of examples of countries that have recognized the importance of establishing, implementing and monitoring National Physical Education programmes. Cuba, a Caribbean nation, has been to great lengths to use all possible media to encourage early and prolonged participation in physical education. Parents, by being involved in maintaining fitness are the best examples to their own children in this regard.
In Germany, a tremendous amount of research was conducted by the physical education and sports experts aimed at identifying the consequences of not having a national programme that encourages physical well-being. The wealth of information gathered by the Germans highlighted in statistical terms the incidence of hypertension and cardiac problems that may well have been avoided by the inculcation of an attitude of wellness and regular physical exercise.
The strength of the evidence provided to the German Government led to a National Physical Education and Sports programme that has withstood the test of time.
Countries like Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark have become renowned for their extensive fitness awareness programme.
It is customary in Sweden, for example, to find many people taking public transport from home to the outskirts of the city, they use bicycles from there to and from work. In the city who is not walking is certainly riding men, women, boys and girls. They are all very conscious of their physical well-being.