The mini cricket session held for Government primary school teachers by the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) recently ended on an encouraging note.
The session, which was held at the Gaborone Cricket Club grounds, had been conducted by Botswana national cricket coach, Solly Chotia.
The aim of the cricket session was to introduce teachers enrolled under the Botswana Developmental Programme to the world of cricket and some of its pros and cons.
Amongst the teachings listed in the agenda was the introduction of basic concepts of cricket to teachers, and efforts at teaching them team and leadership skills in order for them to be able to apply the knowledge of the sport to the children.
About 16 teachers from the schools that recently joined the government school initiation programme aimed at primary schools attended the mini session. The schools that had representatives in the form of teachers were Lesedi Primary, Ledumang Primary, Philip Moshotle Primary, Ikageng Primary, Tsholofelo Primary, Modipane Primary, Boikhutso Primary, Solomon Dihutso Primary, Kgabo Sereto Primary, Ramagotsi Primary, Tsogang Primary and Takame Primary Schools.
Speaking to the Sunday Standard on the purpose and objective of the mini session on his developmental programme, treasurer of the BCA, Girish Ramakrishna, stressed the importance of the teacher’s influence on the school-going child.
Ramakrishna believes that children depend on their teachers for knowledge and guidance in whatever they pursue, therefore, they, as the BCA, feel it is vital to instill the same characteristics they want on the child in the teachers first so they may be able to pass down the knowledge through experience.
“The most important thing we were stressing is for teachers to find their passion for learning and thus the teaching of the sport to children would come easy for them; we are also in joint efforts with them so that together we come up with new, different and innovative ideas to improve the standard of cricket for the kids,” said Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna acknowledged that the attendants of the session were quite receptive and showed enthusiasm in learning new and challenging areas about cricket, a fast-growing sport amongst the youth.
The BCA is also said to be hopeful for the success of future sessions and for the co-operation of teachers.