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Friday 9 June 2017

Implementation of Physical Literacy in all Schools w.e.f 2017-18-Guidelines-G.O.MS.No.35,Dated:09-06-2017

I. Goals & Objectives: 
The goals and objectives of the Physical Literacy policy and program in School Education Department is to shift the focus of Physical Literacy from being an extracurricular activity to a curricular activity, so as to stimulate significant health and educational attainments for all children in the State.
The specific goals and objectives of the Physical Literacy of School Education are:
1. To make Physical Literacy an integral part of the Curriculum at School level for multi-faceted development of all the children. 2. To provide opportunities to school children to experience physical activity in a positive and supportive environment so as to promote lifelong engagement in physical activity.
3. To create an inclusive environment in schools for promoting balanced lifestyle, exercise, sleep and nutrition among all teachers and students.
4. To make aware and motivate the Head Masters, Teachers and other stakeholders in the School eco-system to appreciate and implement Physical Literacy programs in schools.
5. To collaborate with experts in the field, other Government Departments in achieving the Physical Literacy goals and objectives.
II. Elements of Physical Literacy:
The elements of Physical Literacy are indicated below. Details are mentioned in Annexure to this G.O.
1. Body Awareness and Yoga.
2. Movement Skills.
3. Rhythmic Movements/ Group Activities.
4. Fun, Creativity, Leisure and Recreation.
5. Multi Environment Exposure.
6. Organized sports.
7. Regional Sports.
8. Expressions/ Performance Arts.
III. Implementation Plan:
1. The physical literacy implementation plan shall include extensive awareness and outreach program, designing and implementing age and class specific curriculum, continuous education and training to PETs, SAs (PE) and other teachers, regular assessment of students, provisioning infrastructure, leveraging technology for effective monitoring, community engagement, etc. Details are mentioned in the annexure to this Government Order.
2. The Commissioner of School Education shall ensure implementation of physical literacy program in all categories of Schools in coordination with other related Departments, including Sports and Youth Affairs, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, Health, Urban Development, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP), etc.
3. The Pullela Gopichand Sports Academy in coordination with the International Physical Literacy Association and the Sports4Life Canada shall provide technical expertise. The Commissioner of School Education shall enter into Memorandum of Understanding with Gopichand Sports Academy for curriculum development and with external technical partners duly defining the modalities of co-ordination for furtherance of Physical Literacy.
4. Specific Committees with composition indicated under guideline 15 below are to be formed to steer and guide the implementation of the Physical Literacy program at different levels. The roles and
responsibilities of the different Committees are discussed in the Annexure to this G.O.
5. The Yoga & other components of Physical Literacy: As per G.O. Ms. No.37 SE (Prog.II) Dept dated 06.06.2016 r/w G.O Ms. No.80 SE (Prog.II) Dept dated 16.08.2016, Yoga is to be implemented in all schools and Junior Colleges functioning under all managements imparting education from classes VI to XII. Isha Foundation, Art of Living, Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Brahma Kumaris etc., will provide technical support for designing the appropriate Yoga training, awareness building and monitoring framework for implementation of Yoga in the State.
6. Resource Institute of Physical Literacy (RIPL): The Commissioner of School Education shall take action to identify some schools in each district and develop them as Resource Institutes of Physical Literacy (RIPL). They shall function as centres of excellence and support
delivery of the Physical Literacy activities in the schools within their cluster. The objectives, strategy, infrastructure, mandatory programs etc. of RIPL are detailed in the Annexure to this GO.
7. Academic Calendar: The Commissioner of School Education shall ensure that there will be at least 6 periods of Physical Literacy and Yoga classes per week in all schools.
8. Nodal Teachers: The Physical Literacy must be included in the job chart of the School Assistant (PE) and Physical Education Teachers. The Commissioner of School Education shall asses the need for creation of Physical Education Teacher posts and send necessary proposals to Government for creation of PET posts in a phased manner in the High Schools under Government and Local Bodies and trainined teachers/PETs must be made available in next two years.
9. The regular teachers & Physical Educational Teachers shall facilitate Physical Literacy activities in the schools. All subject teachers in the schools shall actively support Physical Literacy in their respective schools in addition to imparting instructions in their respective subjects.
10. The School Assistant (Physical Education) in Government managed Upper Primary and High Schools shall be re-designated as School Assistant (Physical Literacy) and Physical Education Teacher as Physical Literacy Teacher (PLT)
11. Strengthening Nutrition: Keeping in view the high Physical activity expected of the children, Government shall further examine the need for and allocate additional resources for high quality Mid-Day Meals and other nutritional support. The Commissioner of School Education shall
formulate and submit the proposals for nutritional improvement of the children.
12. Finance & Budget: For implementation of the Physical Literacy policy, the Commissioner of School Education shall identify savings for allocating 5% of total School Education Budget. The Implementation Committee will prepare the Annual budget estimates and take necessary approvals of the Strategic Governing Committee.
13. Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD): The Commissioner of School Education shall make arrangements for identifying of the children with potential for high performance in specific sport/game and ensure special long term coaching to such students in their respective activity in co-ordination with the SAAP and such other organizations.
14. Government have the powers to modify the policy at any stage and make necessary amendments keeping in view the emerging requirements.
4. In the circumstances reported by the Commissioner of School Education, A.P. Amaravati in the reference 4th read above, after careful examination of the matter, Government have accepted the Physical Literacy Policy submitted by the Commissioner of School Education, A.P. Amaravati and hereby accord permission to the Commissioner of School Education, A.P., Amaravati for
implementation of Physical Literacy in all Schools across the State of Andhra Pradesh from the academic year 2017-18.
5. The several aspects of Physical Literacy Policy such as action plan, designing of curriculum, leveraging technology for monitoring the Policy are detailed in the Annexure to this order.
Download detailed G.O 35
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