About iPEPAS

Global Developments

The Big Picture

In recent years there have been major global developments and concerted efforts within the sport and physical education sectors in relation to inclusion, and increasing the role of physical activity within health and wellbeing systems, all underpinned by the human rights agenda.

Most notably there has been a shift from declaration to action as exemplified by the Kazan Action Plan and the aligned WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, both of which support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and associated goals.

Other key developments include UNESCO’s Quality Physical Education policy review package, the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and many other human rights treaties that directly and indirectly acknowledge PE and sport as a human right for all.

The Programme

What is iPEPAS?

iPEPAS is a blended learning ‘train-the-trainer’ resource inspired by the award winning EIPET project led by the Institute of Technology, Tralee and funded by the European Commission in 2009. iPEPAS enables PEPAS-related training and education providers  to increase the capacity and self-efficacy of their learners (ie. pre-service or in-service practitioners) to operate inclusively. iPEPAS adopts an intersectional approach to inclusion, while focusing on the inclusion of people with disabilities. Practitioners may engage with the online content independently however, we do recommend engagement with the complete programme through a training and education provider to gain the competencies that are developed through supported experiential learning. Click the following link to download the iPEPAS Module Descriptor

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Innovative Learning for Inclusive Practice

What’s New About iPEPAS?

The Model

iPEPAS adopts a flipped classroom blended learning model. Learners engage in e-learning and support, tutorial and practicum for experiential learning with a local inclusive group.

Experiential Learning

The experiential learning format maximises contact time and enables technical and values-based learning to be contextualised to the specific needs of both learners and participants.

Global Citizenship

iPEPAS finds its place within Global Citizenship Education, aligned with and raising awareness of relevant global developments and human rights treaties to facilitate community leadership.

Nelson Mandela’s Power of Sport Speech

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.”