THE he Gauteng Provincial Government, in partnerships with Swimming South Africa, continued on their quest to bring Water Safety and Learn to Swim programmes to Gauteng communities with the official launch of the Porta Pool project at the Mphe – Thuto Primary School in Mogale City over the past weekend.
The introduction of the Porta Pool programme has enabled both partners to make an impact in the lives of disadvantaged children around the province.
The installation of Porta Pools in schools, with assistance from the Department of Education, has allowed for greater access to the Learn to Swim programmes particularly in the rural areas where SSA trained instructors are deployed and foundation phase learners are taught to swim in the Porta Pools.
The Porta Pool project is not only about learning to swim but also about educating the masses on Water Safety and various other school subjects. In a lot of schools creative educators have attached more value in the Porta Pools by using them as teaching aids or tools, including Mathematic lessons (learning area) by demonstrating measurements in the form of mass, litres, length, weight and height, whilst the Science educators are able to explain the chemical balancing theory.
Since its inception in 2010, the campaign has benefited over 1700 children around the country. In the Free State, where the programme was initially launched, over 45 graduated swimmers have already participated in the 8 – 12 age group category Level 0 galas.
including KZN (Emangadini and Masuku Primary Schools), Mpumalanga (Mtembeni and Chris Hani Primary Schools), Limpopo (Liphadimisha High School and Mokidiane Morukhu Primary), the Free State (Manthatisi-Tsheseng, Makgalwaneng and Bolata) and the North West (Batswana High) have ten in total.
The two existing pools in Gauteng are based in Soweto at the E.M.S Be Safe Centre and in Tshwane at the Soshangaan Primary School in Mabopane.
“Our aim of making Every Child a Swimmer has been taken one step further with the kind assistance of the Gauteng Provincial Government and the 2012/2013 Porta Pool project” said Swimming SA’s President Mr Jace Naidoo.
“This project will give the necessary tools to the learners of Gauteng and grant them an opportunity to experience the joys of swimming in a safe and secure environment during the upcoming summer season” concluded Mr Naidoo.
Lebogang Maile, Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC, says the province is honoured to be involved in a campaign which will assist in the prevention of drowning, through education, not only in Gauteng but in the country.
“The Porta Pool project is a part of our Water Safety Spring Campaign, which involves Mass Participation Programmes as well as the Learn to Swim programmes, helping us to unearth the great talent our Province has to offer.
“The Gauteng Provincial Government’s Mass Participation Programme delivers sports, recreational, arts and cultural activities to communities throughout the province where the corner-stone venture is to create the club system amongst communities to develop community ownership” Maile says.