News By/Courtesy: ANSHIKA JAIN | 02 Sep 2020 12:38pm IST


  • Five-day online training programme on ‘physical literacy’ for around 1000 teachers
  • The training programme will be conducted in collaboration with Pullela Gopichand’s foundation
  • Physical education is needed at all times and in all walks of life

Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister announced on August 31, 2020, that around 1000 physical education teachers in Delhi government schools will undergo an online training program on ‘Physical Literacy’ and that the program will last for five days.

The online training program will be conducted in collaboration with the foundation of ace badminton player Pullela Gopichand, and the said program was inaugurated by Manish Sisodia.

Sisodia told the teachers that they have played an important role in shaping the students over the years. He further mentioned that in these challenging times, the role of the teachers has become even more important because the children are confined to their rooms. The confinement owing to the pandemic is obstructing the physical growth of the students. Sisodia mentioned that physical education is something that is needed in all walks of life and at all times.

Sisodia further mentioned that physical development and mental development are inter-linked. The pandemic has confined the children at their homes and when they are not able to step out of their homes, the introduction of the concept of physical literacy becomes the need of the hour. Physical literacy will help the children in being aware of their body and would help them to engage in physical activities for their overall well being. 

Noted badminton player, Pullela Gopichand mentioned that his coach, Hamid Hussain, did not teach him too much about the sport but he taught him how to love the sport. Gopichand went on to say that he doesn’t know how much physics or chemistry is applied by the individuals in their lives but he knows that a strong foundation in physical education does make a difference.

Speaking on the importance of unorganized sports, Gopichand mentioned that adaptation, learning to follow the rules, making someone your leader, and then following that leader are some of the few things that are developed while playing an unstructured sport. He further mentioned that numerous life skills are learned through unstructured sports.


This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Sep 2020 11:49am IST

Tags : #PhysicalLiteracy #OnlineTraining #1000Teachers #HealthyLife #PullelaGopichandFoundation

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