Students need more physical activities
WILLEMSTAD - The majority of students in primary and secondary education need more physical activities. According to a survey, eight out of ten interviewed students do not meet the standards for exercise, which should be five times a week at least an hour a day.
The students do have a positive attitude towards sports and exercise.
The research is a joint initiative of the University of Curaçao, Skol Salu (Health School), which falls under the Public Schools Department (DOS), Arnhem School of Higher Education (HAN) and the Curaçao Sports Development Foundation (FDDK).
Most of the interviewed students indicated that they don’t have a lot of physical activities outside of school. There were significant differences in the availability of exercise facilities inside and outside the schools, the infrastructure for exercise and sports did not fully meet the requirements and finally, a lack of financial or material resources of the school and the parents are considered a bottleneck.
The presented findings will be examined internally and provide guidance to strengthen DOS’ policy on exercise and sports. There is both a quantitative and a qualitative research conducted among students, teachers, and school principals. Previous research has shown that plenty of exercises has a positive effect on the social, motor and cognitive development of children.