Special Games For Special Learners

Posted on Thursday, 18 September 2014

By Biz One Solutions

Category: Latest News

Eastern Cape Department of Education (EDOE) in collaboration with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) hosted Indigenous Games for physical and mentally impaired leaners at Cala Indoor Sports Centre on Friday, 22 and Saturday, 23 August 2014.

All the Special schools from 23 districts of the Eastern Cape department of Education took part in the Indigenous Games.

Indigenous games are games that used to be played for fun as way of socialising by black people in villages and townships. The Indigenous games were introduced as sporting codes in 1997. When they first came, they were played only at the district level. The games are now played at national level.

The Indigenous games have mostly been appreciated by Special schools, because the games allow more leaners to participate in sport. Leaners from the age of 13 to 19 participated at the games.

Indigenous games is composed of nine games Qgaphu, Puca ,Maskotch ,Mrabaraba, Khoko, Dibeke, Ncuva, Jaskei and Tik talk.

A windy day forced most of the games to be played inside the sport centre, except for Khokho. The centre was divided into four parts to accommodate different games at a time. Qqaphu and Puca were the first games of the day. In each corner where games were played, drew vested interested from the spectators. The day was characterized by excitement and cheering when as supporters for cheered for their teams to earn point.

All the games played seemed to be very interesting as most do not require lot of energy but concentration.

Mandisa Masabalala, a teacher from Khanyisa Special School in Cala said to be a teacher of special leaners requires lots of patience, because it takes a long time to teach them one game. The teacher said they are disciplined children once they get used to routine.

“It is important to love them, because when you love them they connect with you and it makes it very easy,” she said. “Likewise, they are able to sense it quickly when you do not love them”. Masabalala said.

“The only challenge when it comes to games is that they are too emotional. They do not understand that only one team must win, when they see that their team is losing they develop negative attitudes and they stop trying even before the game ends. As the teacher, you need not to be aggressive towards their behaviour, but you must encourage them”.

The day was closed off by the Ingoma and dance at the hall where the schools showed their ability to perform in traditional dances wearing their traditional attires.

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