The I’mPOSSIBLE programme continues to grow in the Asia-Oceania region with six countries committed to further implementing it across their territories following an online course held from 2-5 November.
The nine participants from Australia, Bhutan, Georgia, Japan, Maldives and Singapore will support their National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and conduct teacher trainings in their home countries, imparting the Paralympic values to the students in schools through the I’mPOSSIBLE toolkit.
Experienced I’mPOSSIBLE Implementer Juan Chong Ortiz said: “Being part of the team of trainers in this edition of the course was a very enriching experience.
“Having a diverse group, not only geographically or culturally, but also in terms of the contribution made by each one based on their professional experience, and the level of Paralympic development of their countries, allowed us to have a much broader vision regarding the role that each I'mPOSSIBLE implementer will have.
“From schoolteachers to national authorities, Para sport will be promoted as a very powerful tool in favour of social inclusion of people with disabilities.”
Participant from Singapore Tan Ban Sun added: “I've gained quite a lot of insight from the interactions with other like-minded participants. I believe that with 'DICE' (Determination, Inspiration, Courage, Equality), we can transform the impossible to I'mPOSSIBLE! There is a Chinese idiom: 'To review the old and know the new'. This course has definitely equipped me with a lot of new ideas and skills to be an I'mPOSSIBLE Implementer.”
Maldives’ Anula Saleem said: “Thank you so much for such a great course which has been very useful. I cannot thank you enough for your time, the proposed resources, for some thought-provoking sessions. All presentations were just what we needed to boost change in mindset and working practices. I would like to highlight the dynamics of the sessions, stimulating, exciting, interesting, well-planned, lively, and great to share experiences.”
The I’mPOSSIBLE toolkit is developed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to spread the Paralympic values and the vision of the Paralympic Movement to young people throughout the world.
The toolkit is designed for teachers to educate learners aged 6-18. The toolkits provide a range of easy-to-use lesson ideas introducing learners to inclusion through the Paralympic values, Para sports and the inspirational achievements of Para athletes from around the world.