Salesian programs around the world focus on socio-sports education
(MissionNewswire) Salesian Christ King Parish, located in Sonapahar, India, inaugurated two basketball courts on the parish grounds with the launch of the 2022 school year. Fr Sebastian Tirkey, Pastor, and Fr Pyndeilang Khongkhlad, Assistant Pastor, joined the Salesian community to celebrate.
The event brought together Salesian sisters, teachers, parents and students. Shri Evanmi Lyngdoh, the Additional Assistant Commissioner of West Khasi Hills, Nongstoin, was the chief guest. Students from Christ King Senior Secondary School, run by Abigail Lyngkhoi, sang the centenary song. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory dance by students from Christ King Higher Secondary School and Don Bosco Lakeshore School.
Lyngdoh also gave a celebratory speech highlighting the importance of sports for young students. He noted that sport helps provide young people with healthy activities, keeps them away from risky behaviors and gives them discipline in their lives. Also, he said the availability of a playground for games is of paramount importance.
Salesian programs around the world focus on socio-sports education. Playing sports helps young people learn new skills and interact with their peers. Sports and activities are especially important during the pandemic, when many have become more sedentary.
“Sports programs teach young people both on and off the field,” said Fr Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the US development branch of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Learning and playing team sports fosters leadership skills and teaches young people to work as a team. Students also learn important social skills and have opportunities for growth and maturity. »
India is the fourth largest economy in the world, but more than 22% of the country lives in poverty. About 31% of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
Indian youth face a lack of educational opportunities due to caste, class and gender issues. Nearly 44% of the workforce is illiterate and less than 10% of the working-age population has completed high school. Additionally, many high school graduates lack the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s ever-changing job market.
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