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Sports Activities Stall in Karamoja Schools over Lack of Funds

Margaret Okuda, the district sports officer for Kotido says that since UN Agency for Children, UNICEF stopped funding sports activities seven years ago, the district has never participated in any national sports events.
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Sports activities in several schools in Karamoja Sub Region have stalled due to lack of funding.

Karamoja education officials say the districts no longer prioritize on sports.

Out of the eight districts in Karamoja, only four participated in the National Kids Athletics in Kabarole last week. They include Amudat, Abim, Kaabong and Nakapiripirit.

Margaret Okuda, the Kotido District Sports Officer for Kotido says that since UN Agency for Children, UNICEF stopped funding sports activities seven years ago, the district has never participated in any national sports events.

Okuda noted that although the education department has continued to lobby for funding to facilitate sports activities, nothing has been realized. She explains that several attempts to seek for funding from the Ministry of Education and Sports have not yielded any fruits. 

Okuda proposes that ministry allows the education department to utilize any balances from the department for sports activities.

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In Moroto, the district has been funding one co-curricular activity each year according to the Nelson Anying, the Moroto District Sports Officer. 

He said that Moroto did not participate at the national kid’s athletics competition in Kabarole after they prioritized in funding ball games.

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Sports contributes part of Uganda’s Education Curriculum. Sports in schools are recommended to help children make it a part of their routine with ease. Sports help in physical and emotional well being of the child. It also helps a child to stay focused and perform well in their academics.