Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou on Friday underlined the importance of sports in schools during a visit to the Apostolos Markos Lyceum in Nicosia.
Prodromou’s message came during European School Sports Week, an EU-led initiative to improve promoting physical activity in the education system.
“As part of the pan-European initiative, the education ministry had given the green light for schools in Cyprus on Friday to organise a day of sports, to highlight the importance of physical wellbeing among students,” Prodromou said.
“According to EU statistics, almost half of the students in the EU do not take part in any physical activity. We need to change that, starting from our country, and make sure that they don’t forget the importance of physical exercise,” the minister said.
Prodromou added that 85 schools across Cyprus participated in the initiative on Friday, including primary schools, secondary and technical schools.
“For the first, time,” the minister said “also kindergartens are participating in the event,” including the Rizokarpaso Kindergarten in the north and the School for the Blind. “We hope to push and inspire the children to exercise,” the minister said.
“Here at Apostolos Markos Lyceum we witnessed first-hand how students enjoyed taking part in sporting activities. We need to give all schools the opportunity to offer such activities to children and not just today, but all-year-round,” Prodromou concluded.