Kanjala Day Secondary School
Mwelwa Litongola Born on 4th January, 1977. Litongola a teacher by profession was born number6 in a family of 8. She went for her primary and secondary school education in Eastern Province of Zambi
TRADITIONAL GAMES PART OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS: ZAMBIA PERSPECTIVE
The paper looks to explore on the relationship between traditional games and Physical Education and Sports with reference to the Zambian curriculum of 2011. While there is a particular emphasis placed on the same, under a Physical Education lesson phase, Traditional games being part of Physical Education and sports lesson relies on Traditional Games to be completed and for the skills to be achieved. Hence the symbolic significance of Traditional games is that it plays a very momentous role in a lesson.
Traditional games and sports are variations of Physical fitness activities that are played by the young ones in the communities but also being part of a Physical Education lesson phase in Zambia. Some examples of Traditional games in Zambia are lengu-lengu, Phada, hanangaila, tindi, nsolo, chiyato, waida, phada, demama, jack-kilio and many more. Traditional games require physical activity, social skills, creativity, imagination and competition. These traditional games stimulate a person’s health physically and intellectually.
There are a number of benefits of traditional games and sports to a person’s health. Some of these lower the risks of diseases such as cardiovascular related diseases like stroke and diabetes but also muscle and lung diseases. Exercises also improve on managing body weight. Traditional games also promote an active mind such that it reduces the risks of contracting HIV/AIDS. This is so as a child who is actively involved in such activities may never get engaged into sexual activities. With this in mind I contend that traditional games are part of physical education and sports.