The Minister of Education, Jaime Perczyk, and the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia, entered into an agreement to ensure the education of lower division players. They also agreed to promote the incorporation of women’s soccer in physical education classes in schools across the country.
Perczyk and Tapia also signed a cooperation agreement to promote and promote the completion of compulsory education for all soccer players, it was reported in a press release.
under the motto “Studying is your best move”the agreement, to which Futbolistas Argentinos Agremiados (FAA) also adhered, also contemplates the issuance of trade courses to promote the job placement of the athletes.
During the signing of the agreements, Perczyk maintained that “soccer is a school for everyone and that is why we are going to promote that there is space for women’s soccer throughout the educational system.” “We have to make the thousands of neighborhood clubs and AFA clubs also train girls on equal terms. That they want to play football for us is a sporting and also an educational obligation, ”she added.
The head of the educational portfolio remarked that “women’s football must continue to develop and, for that, we need all our players have an integral development, not only in terms of football, but also in terms of humanity”.
Regarding the completion of school for soccer players, the minister maintained that “we must accompany each boy and girl to finish primary school and secondary school. These are things that are going to lead us, in the human sense, to become professional”.
After mentioning the example of Christian Romero, who stated that while abroad he realized the importance of completing his studies, Perczyk maintained that “everyone dreams of succeeding and becoming world champions, but few have that possibility; Education is a tool, a great value and we must all contribute to it”.
Regarding the job placement courses for athletes, the minister warned that “the possibility of living from sport is short, that is why we believe that it is important to finish school and that is an obligation of the state, families and clubs. And he clarified that “we also have to help professional training, in trades, and that is for those who can continue to be an athlete and for those who have a limit in their career.”
The signed agreement’s main purpose is to carry out actions to encourage, promote and provide pedagogical support to promote educational completion and strengthening the school trajectories of soccer players.
The educational portfolio will assign support material, pedagogical, didactic and/or technology aimed at monitoring and strengthening school trajectories in the clubs indicated by the AFA.
It will also provide advice to the Educational Referents designated by the AFA on the Accompaniment programs for school trajectories who carries out the ministry in all jurisdictions.
Meanwhile, the AFA undertakes to include as a mandatory requirement for the footballers of all the lower divisions of all the clubs affiliated directly or indirectly to the AFA, the accreditation before their respective clubs, and these before the AFA and/or the Federal Football Council, their status as a regular student of the primary/secondary school, or the accreditation, of the completion of secondary studies.
“You don’t just win the world champion playing soccer. This agreement that we have signed does nothing more than ratify the responsibility and the commitment that the Mother House of Argentine Soccer has with education”, Perczyk stressed, as reported in a statement.
The act, which was held at the AFA headquarters, also included the participation of the head of Association Footballers, Sergio Marchi; the president of the Argentine Olympic Committee (COA), Mario Moccia; the Executive Adviser of the Ministry of Education, Mario Caputo; Marcelo Achille, vice president of the AFA; the founder of the Solidarity Network, Juan Carr; presidents and presidents of clubs and leaders of leagues in the interior of the country, among others.