Physical Literacy Training to Teachers – Instructions
Sub: School Education – Physical Literacy & Sports – Developing Physical Literacy education across all schools in Andhra Pradesh – Master and Divisional-level Training to the Teachers -Instructions issued – Regarding.
All the Regional Joint Directors and the District Educational Officers in the State are informed that Government of Andhra Pradesh is in the process of developing a Physical Literacy Policy and Implementation Plan.
Generally in India, and particularly in Andhra Pradesh, while the literacy levels are going up, statistics present a different picture altogether with regard to the physical fitness levels of citizens at large. The reason for prevalence of unhealthy situation in society is lack of physical literacy in the society. Absence/lack of physical literacy impacts growth, development, productivity and life expectancy of citizens.
“Physical literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” (Whitehead, 2016), who coined the word.
To enhance awareness on Physical Literacy and related activities in Andhra Pradesh State, a symposium on Physical Literacy was held from March 12th – 19th at Nagarjuna University, Guntur. Experts in Physical Literacy, Dr. Richard Way, CEO – Canadian Sport4Life and eminent sports personalities participated. During the valedictory of the program, Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri N. Chandra Babu Nelda directed that a Cabinet Sub Committee may be set up for developing the Physical Literacy Policy and Implementation Plan for the State of Andhra Pradesh. Government is in the process of setting up the Cabinet Sub Committee and finalizing the Physical Literacy policy.
Meanwhile it is envisaged that Physical Literacy must be made part of the curricular activity in all the schools in the state. Accordingly, a Physical Literacy Implementation Plan is also under preparation. As part of this it is expected that:
Physical Literacy must be made a curricular activity from Class-I to class-X in all schools including private aided and un-aided schools.Education and training of all stakeholders on Physical Literacy Standard curriculum to define and deliver class and age specific curriculum (including lesson plans,assessments, activity details)
Assessment of the Standard age-specific and reporting framework/ tools for Physical Literacy To assess and monitor the physical health of each and every student Enablement technology (devices and apps) for recording and analysis of data Making Physical Literacy compulsory and treating on par with other subjects