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Eastern Cape Department of Education to host wellness fun walk in East London

By Yolanda Palezweni - Sep 20, 2017
Eastern Cape Department of Education to host wellness fun walk in East London

The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE), in partnership with the South African Council of Education (SACE), will on Saturday host the 1st Annual 8 km Fun walk at the Buffalo City College in East London in the Eastern Cape from 08:00 am.

The Fun Walk for teachers, school clerks and administrators is part of the department's wellness program meant to instil positive, healthy life styles and promote fitness amongst educators. Additionally, this fun walk aims to attract practising educators and education students all across the province.

According to SACE's Communications Officer, Themba Ndlovu, this partnership will benefit educators.

"The teaching regulatory body (SACE), in the country aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession, and to promote the development of educators and their professional hence launching this fun walk in this province,” said Ndlovu.

ECDoE Head of Department, Themba Kojana, believes this partnership will help reach out to all educators.

"This fun walk will help as a launch pad for educator's related wellness programs and we hope educators and school based support staff will grab this opportunity as it is tailored to assist them,” said Kojana.

Speaking to RNEWS, Eastern Cape National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) representative, Paula Botya, said that the walk is aimed at improving the wellness of the teachers.

“Teachers are struggling with health and emotional issues, this walk is a beginning of bigger projects and we want the teachers to be well in the classrooms, homes and in their communities,” said Botya.

She added that the stress levels are quite high in the schools and not good for the teachers, hence the project aims to address that and help teachers perform better in the classrooms.

Khulani Commercial High School Principal, Vuyisile Badiyana, echoed her and said that the fun walk is an activity that the teachers need for health purposes.

“In most times, we travel by cars and we never really have a chance to engage in physical activities and in nowadays people are suffering from a number of ailments by this activity it will be of a good cause,” said Badiyana.

However, the registration for those interested in participating in this fun walk has been extended to Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 17:00.