Colombia’s Ministry for Health and Social Protection, working alongside FIFA, are putting on a training course this week for 32 teachers from the cities of Cartagena, Manizales, Cali and Bogota on subject matter related to the ’11 for Health’ initiative in the country.
“The training that is taking place in the Club La Hacienda de Cajica is designed to simulate the classes that will be given to children up to 11 years of age in 12 of the country’s public and private schools,” said Enrique Urquijo Velasquez, Head of Promotion and Prevention at the Ministry for Health and Social Protection. “The goal is to get across 11 health messages in 11 weeks with football always at the heart of proceedings.”
Urquijo Velasquez explained that the 32 teachers from the schools chosen by the National Ministry for Education will then be charged with replicating the pilot lesson they have been shown in their respective workplaces. “The ’11 for Health Colombia’ programme will assess the impact made by the classes, both before and after they are given in the first semester of 2012 as part of Physical Education classes in the selected schools.”
The Head of Promotion and Prevention also stated that if the pilot scheme “achieves the level of success we expect from it, the strategy will be gradually implemented in all of the country’s educational institutions”.
Leading the FIFA training were German instructor Gudrun Grasshooff; the project’s Regional Leader Erika Ruiz; Head of the ‘11 for Health’ project Colin Fuller and FIFA Head of Research Dr Astrid Junge PhD. Also involved on behalf of Colombia’s Ministry for Health and Social Protection was Gustavo Tovar, from the department for Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Chronic Non-infectious Disease Awareness.