Education experts and physical education stakeholders will converge in Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province from 06 to 07 April 2018 for the Physical Education Symposium to discuss various issues around the Physical Education Conceptual Framework for South African schools. The 2018 Symposium will be hosted by the Northern Cape Department of Education (NCED), targeting Life Skills and Life Orientation curriculum Education Specialists.
Of significance during this year’s Symposium is that the DBE, NCED and the Physical Education Institute of South Africa (PEISA) will host the first ever Physical Education Teacher Awards in recognition of excellence in the teaching of Physical Education. The identified winners have been through a rigorous, transparent and thorough adjudication process, and will be acknowledged at the awards ceremony on 07 April 2018.
The annual symposia are central to a series of established Physical Education advocacy and sector mobilisation campaigns, including being an integral part of the national Physical Education Month and Day celebrations observed from 06 April to 10 May. The theme for the 2018 Physical Education Symposium is: “Quality Physical Education in Action!” In keeping with the annual Physical Education Day celebrations on 10 May, South Africa will again attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people star jumping simultaneously at multiple venues for two consecutive minutes.
UNESCO Quality Physical Education (QPE) National Co-ordinator and head of PEISA, Mr Norman Mphake, affirmed that in order for society to respect the teaching profession and in particular the teaching of Physical Education, both departmental officials and school based educators must continually work towards protecting the integrity and dignity of the teaching profession. This can be achieved if all parties involved commit to give due consideration to existing and all-encompassing sector plans, policies and legislative frameworks, such as the South African Council for Educators Act of 2000.