Noting how the world’s greatest civilizations have excellent sports programs, outgoing Education Secretary Leonor Briones underscored the urgent need for sports to be integrated into the country’s education system.
“We admire the intellectuals, but we adore the athletes, all of us and all Filipinos. It is part of our tradition and therefore important to integrate sports development into our curriculum,” Briones said during the National Academy of Sports (NAS) Final Inspection of Facilities at Athletics Stadium in New Clark City early this week.
“Sports is a tradition for Filipinos, and it is time that must be organized. It is time that it would be integrated with our educational system,” Briones added, noting how important sports are in the Philippine tradition and how the said institution would be an avenue for the learners to hone their physical skills to be globally competitive.
During her message, Briones also noted that sports development is one of the critical components of great civilizations.
“Great civilizations have always been associated with sports. Think of Rome and the gladiators and their famous Colosseum. Think of Greece with the Olympics and all the races and traditions carried on until today. Think of the many great and big countries leading in sports competition at present,” Briones said.
“These countries have always been marked by massive investment in sports,” she explained. “Realization and recognition that in learning and studying, one does not separate the physical from the intellectual activities of our learners,” she added.
Along with Briones, President Duterte led the final inspection of the Academic and Administration Building and the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium at the Main Campus worth P557.8 million under Phase 1 of the NAS Project.
NAS Main Campus is also a few kilometers away from the Athletics Stadium, Aquatics Center, and other facilities used during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and is certified world-class by the international standards, which would be helpful in the development of the student-athletes.
In school year 2022-2023, NAS will offer programs in eight focus sports, including Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming), Gymnastics, Badminton, Judo, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, and Weightlifting – all of which are Olympic sports.
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