TRADITIONAL GAMES

Zambian traditional games have always been educational, recreational and low cost but have over time, been diluted or lost in preference to more standardized games from the West. This is partly due to the misplaced education that “traditional culture is for the uneducated and poor”. Conventional (modern) games are costly, requiring substantial amounts of funds to sustain required equipment and facility. Most Zambian schools and communities cannot afford such expenses but still prefer to practice such games over the indigenous games which are low cost. SIA works to resuscitate the use of traditional games as a tool through which life skills can be learned. Children are given the opportunity to express their emotions and thoughts through dance, song, drama, role plays, drawing/painting and storytelling. Therefore Sport In Action plays a part in promoting traditional games through the integrating them in its programming.