Epon Keramen - Nauru
The purpose of the Epon Keramen (EK) program is to deliver ‘regular,
organised sports run by qualified youth and adults to promote healthy
lifestyles, skill development, community building and leadership in all
EK aims to assist in:
- increasing the capacity of people from participating communities to manage sport and physical activity programs
the capacity of local young people and adults to deliver regular,
organised, inclusive sport and physical activity sessions.
The EK program has already started in the Yaren community with women as its first main target group. The targeted activities will grow in harmony with sport activities already existing for men, young people and mature aged people.
The sports currently on the EK activity schedule are volleyball and
basketball, however there is already enough interest for EK to include
aerobics and walking.
EK is directed by the Nauru Ministry of Health, Justice and Sports,
and local communities. There are also national links to government
health and education departments.
The EK program aims to provide opportunities for all members of the
community to play sport and engage in physical activity through
specific strategies designed to include vulnerable groups, such as
unemployed young people, women, children, mature aged people and people
with a disability.
The EK National Coordinator is based in the Ministry of Health,
Justice and Sports and works with individual communities to implement
the program. Each community has its own EK management committee which
is embedded in the overall community leadership structure. A team of
volunteer Sport Leaders conduct the sport and physical activities for
A steering committee consisting of representatives from the
departments of sport, education and public health, as well as a
community representative, oversees EK’s direction and assists with
growth at higher levels. The Australian Sports Commission provides
ongoing strategic and operational support to this committee.
‘We are looking forward to Epon Keramen because it will help us play
during the day and the night with qualified coaches and officials who
will teach us how to play properly.’
Virgita Rowland — Yaren community member