OVER 200 girls and boys from various schools in Livingstone have graduated from grassroots soccer after undergoing intensive training and educational lessons conducted by Grassroots Soccer Zambia.
And the Ministry of Health has acknowledged that there was a lot that needed to be done to prevent young people from engaging in illicit activities.
Speaking in Livingstone during the soccer tournament graduation of boys and girls from Grade 8-11, Grassroots development, curriculum and training officer David Kapata observed that sport is an
important tool that can help someone reform and better their lives.
Mr. Kapata said that since the establishment of the organization in Zambia, many young people especially those in primary school have been encouraged to stay away from drugs by engaging them in sport.
He said that Grassroots provides an opportunity for learners to live healthy and productive lives and also conduct themselves well in society.
“Sports are very important in our life. It can make our life comfortable and happy. If we can play sports we can learn time management and responsibility,” he said.
And the Ministry of Education through the Livingstone District Education Standards Officer (DESO) Peter Mufwinda acknowledged that there was a lot that needed to be done to prevent young people from engaging in illicit activities.
Mr. Mufwinda said that physical activity was vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical, social and emotional health.
He said that the benefits of sport reach beyond the impact of physical well-being and the value of the educational benefits of sport should not be under-estimated.
Mr. Mufwinda said that the levels of drug and alcohol abuse and illicit sex among young people across the country were worrying and that if the situation remained unchecked, the prospects of most children was at risk.
He commended Grassroots Soccer Zambia for coming up with such an initiative which he said the ministry supports.