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INDIA: Don Bosco High School Matunga recognized for its sports education program and accomplishments


(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco High School Matunga, located in Mumbai, India, has been awarded the best “School in India in Sports and Recreational Education Activities” at the India Didactics Association (IDA) Education exhibition and awards program held in September 2019. IDA is the only exclusive membership association in India for education and training engaged in improving learning and teaching.

The IDA Education Awards are based on performance in operational benchmarks and acknowledge projects that bring together education in line with the new socio-economic developments where learning outcomes are optimized and enhanced.

Don Bosco High School Matunga has state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities. The school has a sprawling campus that enables a strong sports program. This school year, new and renovated sports facilities were launched, including a new football turf, hockey turf and indoor basketball court. There was also and renovation of three existing basketball courts, along with refurbishment of the natural grass football ground and cricket grounds and nets for practice.

The school helps promote sport and identify talent by enabling students to attend sports training within the regular school curriculum. The sports program offers gymnastics, skating, judo, karate, chess, speech and drama, arts and crafts, skating, lawn tennis, dance and robotics. Youth are able to choose two activities and receive training during the year.

“With a robust structure in place for the growth of sporting and recreational activities, it is no wonder that the school is considered as the powerhouse of sports in Mumbai and across India,” said Father Bernard Fernandes, principal of Don Bosco High School.

In addition to the recognition by IDA, Don Bosco High School was voted the “Best Boys School in Sports in Mumbai” by the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai for Aug 2017 to July 2018.

Salesian programs across India are primarily focused on education. Salesian primary and secondary education helps youth prepare for later technical, vocational or university study. Other programs help to support poor youth and their families by meeting the basic needs of shelter, proper nutrition and medical care.

Access to professional training and workforce development services is highly valued by youth in India. The country, which is home to 1.34 billion people (18 percent of the world’s population), will have overtaken China as the world’s most populous country by 2024, according to the World Economic Forum. While India has the world’s largest youth population, it has yet to capitalize on this, leaving some 30 percent of this population without employment, education or training.

India has the world’s fourth-largest economy but more than 22 percent of the country lives in poverty. About 31 percent of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. A multidimensionally poor child is one who lacks at least one-third of 10 indicators, grouped into three dimensions of poverty: health, education and standard of living.



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