Over 5000 Students From 43 Schools Complete Olympism Full Circles Initiative
By Emmanuel Sekago
The Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) Olympism full circles Initiative ended successfully on Saturday, at the UOC headquarters in Lugogo.
Over 5000 students from forty-three (43) schools of the 50 model schools completed the initiative and each received certificates of participation.
UOC president Donald Rukare graced the the closure of this initiative whose key strategic areas of focus is the promoting of Olympism in Uganda.
Rukare who was flanked by the UOC Olympic Education, Culture and Legacy commission chairperson Annet Nakamya and Harriet Aya, a commission committee member, emphasized the value of sports which could be translated to day-to-day life.
“Sports builds character, discipline, hard work, respect for opponents, striving for excellence. These are values that can also be applicable in ordinary life. We believe that one way of ensuring that Olympism becomes sustainably embedded in our lives is through engaging the active youth as a springboard into the wide Community. This will lead to Olympism for life,” said Rukare.
Nakamya lauded all the participating schools and students for the dedicated efforts to accomplish the Olympism Full Circles Initiative.
“I wish to thank all the participating schools that took part in the Olympism Full Circles Initiative. All these initiatives are aimed at creating more awareness of the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence especially amongst our athlete’s and youth. These values are life long and transformational in nature. We are therefore happy through the Olympism full circles initiative spearheaded by our Olympic education and culture commission to launch the Olympism full circles – activity record book and guidelines,” Nakamya.
Some of the schools present at the closure included; Kings College Buddo, Tororo Town College, St Mary’s College Kisubi, Mount St. Mary’s College Namagunga, Kiira College Butiiki, Kabowa High, Rugonji Army school – Tororo, Luigi Guissian, Namilyango College, Gayaza High School, Wanyange Girls, Jinja College, Jinja S.S.S, Bweranyangi Girls (Bushenyi) among others.
This Initiative is a sport and education project of the UOC, inspired by the International Olympic committee (IOC) Olympic Values education Programme (OVEP).
“This Olympism Full Circles Inititative was very good to us. We learnt a lot of many new things. We have improved a lot in the aspects of fair-play, sportsmanship spirit and the courage to try out different games like rugb,” Fiona Apio, Rugonji Army school – Tororo
Meanwhile,each school was tasked to implement tasks in the activity book, a rich educational tool that highlights how to practically activate the Olympic values.