On Thursday, August 21st, EARTH University hosted an event for “Apúntate a Jugar” (“Sign up to Play”) an initiative led by the Coca-Cola System and the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education. The goal of the event was to train teachers from Costa Rica’s Caribbean region in ways to use recreation and play time to encourage physical activity and stimulate study. Attendees included the Minister of Education Sonia Marta Mora, representatives of The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola FEMSA, teacher trainers Harry Fernandez and Emmanuel Herrera and EARTH University President José Zaglul.
“The objective of this program is to promote physical activity in students, and to stimulate learning, movement, leadership and optimism from a young age,” states Gustavo Guillén, Public Affairs and Communications Manager of The Coca-Cola Company for Central America. To date, “Apúntate a Jugar” has benefitted 197 schools across the country through the donation of materials and training teachers.
During the event, José Zaglul stated, “We are delighted to host this event on our campus because we know that the best tool for changing the world is education.”
The Minister of Education also expressed her gratitude for EARTH’s hospitality, and shared a short reflection of the day’s activities. “Here today we have teachers-some with a lot of experience, some with little- but they all share expertise that is extremely important for working with children in the classroom. This knowledge is part of what goes into the training session, and I’m sure that Harry and Emmanuel are going to learn something new today as well.”
To wrap up the day, the event trainers gave a brief presentation with the help of students from the San Luis de Jimenez elementary school, explaining the important relationship between physical movement and cerebral connections.
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