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Just Play Programme for Disability Inclusion

Football Federation Samoa through the Just Play Programme is organizing the training in partnership with the National Advocacy Organization of People with Disabilities in inviting Teachers/Parents/Volunteers with disabilities to attend and to be prepared to implement the Just Play Programme targeting 5 to 12 years’ children in Samoa.

One of Just Play Programme’s objectives is to increase opportunities for persons with disabilities and to promote a change of perception towards disabilities in the wider community. It is often said that when you change, the world changes. Learning to respect everyone is a large part of Just Play Programme. Respect and Inclusion of all children is something that the programme strives to achieve and within all Just Play activities all children feel respected and valued. We want to ensure that every child has a positive first experience in sport which is why linking with NOLA and its partners is crucial to include everyone with disabilities in Just Play activities and for teachers and volunteers to promote acceptance of differences and encouraging children to play together.

The course is scheduled for both Upolu and Savaii participants today, Wednesday 17th to Thursday 18th October 2018, FFS Headquarters at Tuanaimato from 9am to 4.30pm. FFS President Laupama Solomona will be delivering an official speech to open the 3-day course to be followed on by the Just Play team whom will be facilitating these courses in both islands. This programme will be monitored and evaluated for 20 weeks including a total of 4 days of festivals at the end of each four weeks. Just Play also provides a safe environment for children and everyone, that is free from harassment, discrimination and abuse and promotes respectful and positive behavior and values where all teachers trained under the Programme understands and signs the Child Protection Policy before the delivery of the Programme. Since it’s the month of Pink-tober, all participants of the Course will be provided with pink shirts to show our support for cancer awareness in Samoa.

The Just Play programme, developed by the Oceania Football Confederation, is helping children in the Pacific to grow, learn and explore through sport. Through the integration of social messages into Just Play sessions, delivered in primary school, secondary school and community based settings, children aged 6-16 years develop healthy lifestyle habits, encourage gender equality, promote social inclusion, insist on sport for all and become confident in their abilities.
Just Play Programme is made possible with support from the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Foundation for Children and the Australian Football Federation and UNICEF. To date the programme has reached over 300,000 children across 11-Pacific Island countries through regular programming and over 13,500 children through emergency programming in Vanuatu and Fiji as part of the Tropical Cyclones Pam and Winston recovery programs. For more information about Just Play please visit: www.justplayofc.org

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