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Secondary school teachers in training in Botswana.

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Special Olympics Botswana (SOB) works closely with the Ministry of Education to identify Special Schools that can be introduced to Special Olympics. The Ministry of Education recently identified the need for secondary school athletes to also be involved in the program. Gaborone West Junior School was the first school that the Ministry targeted for SOB to implement training and competitions. SOB Sports Director, Mr. Tebogo Dithlokwa, conducted training for 21 secondary school teachers at the school. The teachers that participated in the training were very excited and fired up once they heard about Special Olympics and our mission; they had not been exposed to it before. Special Olympics provides our volunteer coaches with the basic principles, techniques and tools to effectively coach Special Olympics athletes. Coaches’ education is necessary and mandatory. Our athletes deserve the most knowledgeable coaches who are trained, who can access sport-specific coaching guides and rules, who provide the safest environment in which to train and compete and who receive on-going education. The training at the school was very interactive and at the end of the training one of the teachers, Mrs. Bahumi Moagu said, “We have learnt a lot from this day’s training and we salute SOB for opening our eyes so that we can offer our athletes more. They have not being competing anywhere because of discrimination and being locked up.” This training also helped SOB to open a window of opportunity to identify stakeholders that could partner with them to continue conducting training and competition for athletes.

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