Pupils taking part in the Miniatletismo Project
To provide training for PE teachers in public sector schools to enhance their interaction with students. This is the objective of the Miniatletismo Project, which was launched last Monday, November 16 and will run until November 20, in Açailândia in the state of Maranhão. Sponsored by Vale, under the auspices of Brazil’s Sports Incentive Law and by the Vale Fundation, the initiative is being run by the Institute for the Development of Sport and Culture (IDEC). The Miniatletismo Project provides teachers with a learning opportunity while at the same time providing kids and teens with a leisure and sporting experience, as everyone participates in practical activities such as running, jumping, shot putting and javelin throwing in a spontaneous and enjoyable environment. The methodology was developed by the International Amateur Athletics Federation and the Brazilian Athletics Confederation.
In addition to PE teachers employed by the municipality, social institutions involved in sporting initiatives for children and teens are also participating in the project. Activities are currently taking place at four schools in the municipality: Fernando Rodrigues Municipal School (Vila Ildemar); Darci Ribeiro Municipal School (Piquiá); Angelo Capelloza Municipal School (Capelosa) and Raimundo Telefre Sampaio Municipal School (Vila Bom Jardim). Overseen by PE staff, the Miniatletismo activities have been adapted to the motor development of children between the ages of 7 and 12.
Another of the project’s benefits is that in addition to encouraging youngsters to take part in sport in an innovative and fun way, it also emphasizes the importance of reusing recyclable materials. During training sessions, the instructors will transform objects such as PET bottles, old car tires and cardboard boxes into equipment that can be used in sporting activities.