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IPC program to educate schoolchildren in China about the Paralympics

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Photo: ⒸBeijing 2022

Hundreds of schools will get to spice up their curriculum with the help of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) global education program I’mPOSSIBLE in China, aimed to educate students ahead of the 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 vision worldwide.

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 sports programs.

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.

“I’mPOSSIBLE is an educational programme that aims to bring Paralympic values, the program 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.” said Andrew Parsons.

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