【Costa Rica】Japan International Cooperation Agency Activity Report: Expanding Sports Options for Children in Rural Areas of Costa Rica in Central America
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA ) members who teach judo, gymnastics, table tennis, and fencing in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, visited a primary school in San Vito, Coto Brus, and instructed the students in these four events. Children in rural Costa Rica experienced sports competition that they rarely have contact with and felt the joy, significance, and value of sports.
Although there is a large number of primary schools in Coto Brus, there are a few physical education teachers, and one teacher visits multiple schools to conduct physical education classes. As a result, compared to children in the capital city, rural children have few opportunities to experience sports over than soccer, which is the national sport of Costa Rica. For this programme, 168 children age 9 to 12 years participated in two-hour classes to experience judo, gymnastics, table tennis, and fencing.
See below for the Japanese version.
Jorge Valverde Rojas
In charge of special support education at La Amistad School, Santa Rita School, and Santa Cecilia School:
- Time Period
- 21st and 22nd Feb., 2019
- Puntarenas, Costa Rica
- Sport/Programme Category
- Judo, Gymnastics, Table tennis, Fencing
- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- Recipient Organisation
- 7 primary schools
- Ministry of Health
Kotoburusu City Hall
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Ministry of Education
Federación Costarricense de Judo
FEDERACION DEPORTIVA DE GIMNASIA COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Table Tennis Federation
Federacion Costarricense de Esgrima
- Number of Individual Beneficiaries
- 168 people