The final conference of the Erasmus+ project „Intercultural Education through Physical Activity, Coaching and Training” (EDU:PACT) was a great success. EDU:PACT project coordinator Harald Tschan (University of Vienna) welcomed more than 100 physical education teachers, coaches and experts from all over the world to this interactive online event on 2nd of March 2021. The conference focused on intercultural education in school sport and sports club environments and provided an overview of the results and tools developed in the Erasmus+ project EDU:PACT.
Research indicates that many physical education teachers and coaches have not received formal training on working with diverse groups, and lack professional competences in the area of intercultural education. So what are the current challenges for PE teachers and coaches when they are teaching culturally, ethnically and linguistically heterogeneous classes of pupils or athletes? What are the future perspectives of intercultural education in the setting of school and sports clubs?
In the event Karen Petry (German Sport University Cologne) provided an overview on the EDU:PACT project and it´s achievements. Marc Theeboom (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) spoke about the current challenges of PE teachers and coaches in the field of intercultural education in schools and sport clubs and discussed open questions with the participants. Fadi Al Yamani (Right to Play) guided the participants through a short practical example, using and presenting the Reflect-Connect-Apply Method. In a panel discussion the future and perspectives of intercultural education in the coaching and PE teacher sector were discussed by Kristine de Martelaer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), George Pigos (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport) and Pelle Kvalsund (Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee), moderated by Louis Moustakas (European Network of Sport Education).
The participants rated the conference topic as very relevant in their home countries, provided a lot of positive feedback on the event and expressed the wish for more congresses and webinars on the topic of intercultural education. The recordings of the conference are now online, you can access them here:
Conference "Educate and Integrate?!" - Part 1
Conference "Educate and Integrate?!" - Part 2
For more information on the project and its outcomes visit edupact.eu and edupact.sporteducation.eu