Physical Education in the tropics

October, which is the warmest month here in Kupang, is over. Temperature wise it was not really much warmer than any other month,  but the humidity has for sure increased and the heat feels quite intense. We have come half way through November but the wet season seems to be a bit delayed.  We have had a few short and light showers. We even watched a spectacular thunder-storm in the distance one evening. At times there are some very dark clouds. But heavy rain everyday seems quite far away. (It has rained enough for us to see that our kitchen roof is not leaking anymore!)

warming up for PE

So what does a weather update  have to do with physical education? Quite a lot actually. This weeks Erik’s extra curricular basketball practice was cancelled because it was too hot. ( Quite interesting  as it wasn’t any warmer than any other day) The next day he was supposed to have football after school, but this time it was cancelled because it had rained and the ground was too wet…

Because of the heat people don’t move around more than necessary. The children though, still have the same energy level as normal. They want to run around and have fun, but this is  discouraged by the teachers. According to Peter the physical education the children have is not very physical and not very educational… Our boys really enjoy it though, and are always very disappointed whenever it is cancelled. Joakim and Daniel have an hour per week, but the first 30 min. consist of waiting. We’re not sure what they are waiting for as the PE teacher is there and so are the children, but they are in this time suppose to sit nicely and wait. Our boys are often the ones who initiate running around and playing in this time, the other children are more than eager to join, but are then normally stopped by the teachers after a while.

A break in the heat

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Having fun playing football

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In addition to the PE, the school children also have swimming every other saturday at a public pool here in Kupang.  Erik really enjoys this and has learnt quite a lot since he started in August. Now he swims very well under water, he just has to find out how to get up and breathe once in a while 🙂 As you see from the picture the children wear swimming clothes while the adults jump in the water wearing shorts and T-shirts.

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One Response to Physical Education in the tropics

  1. Rannveig says:

    Fine bilder, her regnar det nesten kvar dag men me har også tette hus! God helg!

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