Rehearsals for some competitions marked the launch of the Tocantins Indigenous Student Games (JEITs), held on the morning of this Thursday, September 1, at the Srêntôwê Indigenous State School, in Aldeia Porteira, in Tocantínia.
The possibility of competing with students from other schools and ethnicities are motivating factors for students who have started training for competitions. The indigenous games will include the regional and state stage. Registration for participation will be carried out in the schools themselves with the monitoring of the Regional Directorates of Education.
The games will have competitions in individual modalities such as athletics, archery, spear throwing, swimming and wrestling and in collective modalities with society soccer, tug of war, log and wand races.
The Executive Secretary of Education Edinho Fernandes, who launched the games, explained that this is an opportunity to offer indigenous youth the means to train more and participate in other competitions. “Each year, the number of indigenous students at the Tocantins School Games (JETS) and the Tocantins Parasports Student Games (Parajets) grows, which this year had three Parajets gold medalists. And it’s been a joy to participate in this launch of the first indigenous games, which is a way of valuing culture and all peoples”, highlighted Edinho.
Gleisse Pereira Cajueiro, operational technician of Support to Indigenous Schools of the Regional Directorate of Education of Miracema, spoke of the importance of the moment. “For us who work with the 41 indigenous schools and 4 extensions of the regional one, it is a moment of great happiness with these games. It will be an event that will promote a new spirit and more motivation in the lives of indigenous children and young people”, she stressed.
The chief of Aldeia Porteira, Tiago Wakukepre Xerente, was very pleased to receive the launch of indigenous games in his community. “JEITs will go down in history, it is a privilege to participate in this initiative, because it will be a means of integration between students from other schools and the entire community,” he said.
The director of the school Pedro Xerente took the opportunity to present the school and the care with learning spaces. For him, indigenous games represent an interaction between students with the culture and customs of the community. “We are happy that they chose our school for the launch of the games, it motivates and values us. The games will promote socialization and will awaken in students the desire to win medals and the courage to go to other places to participate in competitions”, he commented.
Student Luana Xerente, 19, said she felt like participating in the games. “I like to play ball and we have already started to want to win and win medals for the pride of the people of our village”, she pointed out.
Student Ana Cláudia Xerente, 12, took advantage of the ceremony to present her skills, she participated in tug of war and wand race. “I’m looking forward to the games starting,” she expressed.
Josias Xerente, 12, also likes to play ball and said that he is looking forward to seeing the competitions and would start training.
The regional stages of the JEITs will start on September 8th and the state stage is scheduled to be held from October 20th to 23rd, in Palmas.