Katongo Bwalya Moonga
Katongo Bwalya Moonga is a Physical Education and Sport lecturer at the University of Zambia. She has been a member of the Physical Education Unit of the University since December 2014. Katongo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sport from the International School of Physical Education and Sport in Havana Cuba and Masters of Arts in Sport Management from London Metropolitan University.
Katongo is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Sport for Development with the University of Zambia and Zimbabwe Open University. She has over 10 years work experience in Sport and Physical Education and has previously worked as a Sport Development officer for the Ministry of Sport Youth and Child Development.
Katongo’s research interests lie in the area of sport and physical exercise interventions. She has collaborated actively with researchers in sport and nutrition, music and sport, Physical Education for the physically among others.
Apart from being the chairperson of the University of Zambia, School of Education Sports Committee, she is an active member of the Physical Education and Sports Teachers Association of Zambia and is the current matron for Lusaka Sharks Swimming Club.
co-author: Mirriam Nanyinza
Co-author: Collins Kaluba
An investigation into the effects of premier skills programme in Zambia
Premier Skill’ is an international partnership between the British Council and the Premier League. The programme uses football to supposedly develop a brighter future for young people around the world.Premier Skills provides opportunities for coaches, referees and players to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability and raise their self-esteem. Premier Skills currently runs in 29 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas.
According to the Premier Skills, a key element of their project is a three-phase development programme for local community-level coaches and referees, which are said to be delivered by professional coaches from the Premier League clubs. This is aimed at building local capacity and leaving a sustainable legacy in participating countries through training Premier Skills Coach Educators from partner organisations.
In Zambia, premier skills are targeting a 50/50 gender balance in their community coach and referee training.The National Organisation for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) is a non-governmental organization that works to promote the equitable engagement of women in sport, physical activity and recreation in Zambia. Working with Premier Skills, NOWSPAR engages the interest in Football of many Zambians allegedly develop leadership skills in young people and engage their local communities through sport training.
Since 2014, they have trained 80+ coaches and referees who are to cascade leadership training and fair play practices in sport to hundreds more community-based trainers.
Through interviews of 40 participants of this program, the study reviewed the impact of the Premier Skills programme on their livelihood. The findings of the study are important given that the program does not have an evaluation plan.
co-author: Mirriam Nanyinza
Grade 8 Physical Education Learner’s Book Review: Beyond Physical Education and Sport?
This paper is a book review of the Junior Secondary Physical Education Course for Zambia Learners Book Grade 8, a key reading resource of Physical Education for Junior Secondary schools in Zambia. The review sets out to establish the learner friendliness of the book vis-à-vis learner focused outcomes, interactivity and overview structuring statements addressing the learners.
The study revealed that the book is the first of its kind for the Junior Secondary Physical Education school course.
The content to a large extent, confirms adherence to the syllabus in terms of scope and sequence. Generally, the book utilises appropriate models, illustrations and takes into account both male and female users.
It was observed however, that the book exhibited a few limitations in that it lacked overview structuring statements that introduce the learners to the units. In addition, objectives addressing each unit were not explicit in the majority of the units but rather, were implied learning objectives.
It was noted furthermore that the book lacked ‘pupil focused’ style of writing and appropriate learning activities. Thus, in terms of interactivity, there was little or none at all.
Lastly, the review appraises the books’ content and its adherence to the syllabus, although the processes of acquisition of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that primarily are unique to Physical Education and those that attempt to go beyond Physical Education as an academic course need strengthening.
The review concluded that the Junior Secondary Physical Education Course for Zambia Learners Book Grade 8 is an essential Physical Education resource that requires critical evaluation and revision.There is need to make the book more user friendly and interactive to permit it go beyond classroom Physical Education and Sport by promoting entrepreneurship and values in the enhancement of quality curriculum implementation and realisation of Vision 2030.
Co-author: Collins Kaluba