Schoolchildren at the Pei Tong Primary School in Singapore learned about history, Para sports and values of the Paralympic Movement as part of the online classroom implementation of I’mPOSSIBLE, the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) global education programme.
Theoretical and practical sessions were organised, with students being introduced to Para badminton and wheelchair basketball.
Singapore’s Para badminton player Kelvin Pung said: “It was truly enriching to be part of this programme and show the students that having a disability does not mean you can’t play sports. It is all about adapting to your own abilities and pushing forward to make things happen.”
Separately, a virtual I’mPOSSIBLE Teacher Training was organised for the first time by the Singapore Disability Sports Council, where 48 teachers from pre-school to tertiary level were offered deep insights into a wide range of topics including: What is the Paralympic Movement, the Paralympic values, introduction to boccia, designing inclusive play, the TREE framework and delivery models.
Paralympic swimming medallist Theresa Goh said: “Facilitating at the I’mPOSSIBLE workshops helped give me another insight into further education on the Paralympic movement in schools. It was very interesting to see how the information could potentially be used to widen and progress the movement of disability sport in Singapore.”
I’mPOSSIBLE provides teachers with a toolkit of resources to engage future generations in the Paralympic Movement. Launched on 3 December in 2017, I’mPOSSIBLE aims to challenge and change the perceptions of how young people perceive people with disabilities, thus bringing about a more inclusive society.