The Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture has underscored the need for colleges and tertiary institutions to create a conducive environment that will enable students to excel on the local sporting arena and beyond.
The call came at the 14th edition of the Herentals Sports Gala held at the National Sports Stadium where students from across the country battled for honours in various field and track events on Friday.
The Guest of Honour, Provincial Education Director in the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr. Calvin Mazula, said sports and education are inseparable, hence its imperative to create a conducive environment which will ensure that college students will also excel on the sporting front.
â€œSport is an important part in the curriculum. It is important to realise that sport and education go hand in hand so itâ€™s vital to channel resources towards both,â€ he said.
The collegeâ€™s executive director, Emmanuel Mahachi, highlighted the need for schools, colleges and tertiary institutions to compliment government efforts in the development of sport in the country.
He said: â€œWe need to be pro-active in sport development and support the efforts the government is making in developing sport.â€
The annual sports gala saw students from 15 schools across the country showcasing their sporting talent in a diverse number of field and track events at the National Sports Stadium.
Channeling resources towards ensuring constant participation by students in schools, colleges and tertiary institutions is seen as a fundamental step towards developing accomplished athletes possessing the capacity to prove their worth on the global arena.