Photo: PHOTOSPORT Toa Samoa rugby league coach Matt Parish Toa Samoa coach Matt Parish said the squad he named to take on England was probably the strongest he’s selected in his four years in charge.Wing Antonio Winterstein believes they’re more than capable of causing an upset.”When you put that blue jersey on you go in there to do your best and to do your country proud so definitely be going out there to get a result,” he said.”We believe we’ve got the team to do it so the result is the big picture but, at the end of the day, the boys are going out there and doing their best for their country.”Fiji will be looking to improve on last year’s shock loss against Papua New Guinea when they take on Mate Ma’a Tonga.Bati coach Mick Potter said this week had been an important step in Fiji’s World Cup preparations.”To build that camraderie and build that friendliness the Fiji Bati team creates,” he said.”It’s a unique atmosphere that I’ve been associated with…it’s a good environment to be in and they become very tight and close.””I want that to keep building, I want a competitive game and I want them to build those combinations on the field as well. Those off the field things that happen will help them on the field and they will be more committed to each other.”Papua New Guinea are looking to build on last year’s upset win against Fiji with a strong showing against Pacific Test debutants the Cook Islands in the first match of the day.It will also mark the long-awaited test debut of Tommy Butterfield, who toured France with the Kumuls back in 2007.”It’s a true honour and a privilege to run out for my country and run out for my family.””It’s been ten years – I know I’ve been on the tour and played tour games and a few other games for PNG but none have counted as tests, so definitely looking forward to this one and I know a lot of people back home are definitely going to be tuning in as well so really forward to it,” Butterfield said.Meanwhile the Cook Islands head coach Tony Iro said they are just excited to be a part of the Pacific Test after four years of being ignored.”Just the opportunity to pull on the jersey rep one round just gives them an opportunity to show them what the Cook Islands, even though we are not here in the World Cup this year, we are really serious about making it in 2021.”The 2017 World Cup kicks off at the end of October.
About 233 national volunteers with the National Youth Service Program of the Ministry of Youth and Sports have completed a four-day refresher teacher training to boost their classroom performance as teachers. The NYSP recently recalled all of its education support volunteers assigned in public schools in 12 project counties.The training took place at the Paynesville Community School in Paynesville City, July 20-24.The training was organized by the National Youth Service Programme of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, the lead supporting agency of the NYSP. The volunteers gained new skills in instructional planning, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, teaching methods and teaching aids, child psychology, among others.Following the reopening of schools in March this year, the National Youth Service Program redeployed its education volunteers to about 89 public schools around Liberia to provide support services in an attempt to mitigate the instructional gaps in the education sector. This is part of the program’s core operational activity, which was temporarily suspended in July last year due to the Ebola crisis. The NYSP has been involved with frontline Ebola response, including contact tracing, using some of its experienced volunteers who have now transitioned to classroom activities. All 233 volunteers will return to their assigned schools where they are expected to apply their new knowledge.The National Youth Service Program is a modification of the National Youth Volunteer Service (NYVS). The NYSP is building on previous peace building and development interventions with the objective of linking youth leadership and national service to peace building and development strategy. It is funded through the Peace Building Fund (PBF-L) with support from UNICEF and is under the reconciliation component of the Liberia Peace Building Program (LPP). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)