Hundreds of schools in China will get to spice up their curriculum with the help of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) global education programme I’mPOSSIBLE, aimed to educate pupils ahead of their home 2022 Winter Paralympic Games.
Officially introduced during a ceremony on 11 September by the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee, I’mPOSSIBLE is set to spread the Paralympic values and the vision around the world.
Beijing 2022 created a local version of I’mPOSSIBLE with support from different stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, to engage with the country’s young people in the Paralympic Movement. The I’mPOSSIBLE education materials, along with the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) toolkit, will be distributed to 627 schools and 1,036 schools with winter sport programmes.
Local Chinese officials presented the education materials during the ceremony, with video messages from the IPC and International Olympic Committee; and student representatives also provided speeches about their hopes with the new materials.
IPC President Andrew Parsons said: “I’mPOSSIBLE is an educational programme that aims to bring Paralympic values, the history of Paralympics. and give some information about persons with a disability through Paralympic sport to kids at school age. This is a fundamental part of the Games, of the legacy of any Games. This is education, and it is how we can influence by positive examples of Paralympic athletes and the future generation of decision-makers in any country.
“China is such an important country in the world, and Beijing 2022 has the ambition to bring more people into ice and snow sports, and why not people with disabilities practising ice and snow sports as well? I’mPOSSIBLE targets not only persons with disability but (also) kids without a disability at school.
“That is a very important part of the legacy of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games. It is the legacy of changing perceptions and changing attitudes, and I’mPOSSIBLE is an important part of that strategy.”
The IPC provides the education materials and supporting resources to implementers, including National Paralympic Committees, to activate I’mPOSSIBLE in their territory. It provides a range of easy-to-use lesson ideas, which is designed for teachers to use with learners aged 6-18, introducing learners to inclusion through the Paralympic values, Para sports and the inspirational achievements of Para athletes from around the world.