Monday, 5 November 2012

Learners explore their talents through ESSP

Karabo Tebele


When the school bell rings, some learners prepare to go home, but learners from Arethabeng Primary School, in Sosshanguve Block L remain behind to participate in extra-curricular activities.

The Department of Education in Pretoria introduced the Extra School Support Programme (ESSP) to motivate learners to participate in sporting events.Extra School Support Programme started in October 2011.

ESSP includes soccer, netball, cricket, volley ball, mini-Cricket and other modified sport codes.Thomas Mhlonga, coach of Arethabeng Primary School said: “After school we keep learners busy to participate in sport in order to influence them to stay away from illegal substances.”

The programme starts from 12:00 to 16h00 Mondays to Fridays.Mhlonga said that the programme also improved the interest of learners in sport.ESSP has learners from grade one to seven who take part in the sporting codes.

Theo Chokwe, teacher of Arethabeng Primary School said, since ESSP was launched, learners were no longer lazy to participate in class.
“Learners are super-active in class and they no longer fall asleep in class where participation is very high. The Department of Education must ensure that the programme hires more participative members to sustain the level of interest within the community,” said Chokwe.

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