Information about EDU-PACT

The objective of the project “Intercultural Education through Physical Activity, Coaching and Training” (EDU:PACT) adresses the intercultural challenges, which most of the countries in Europe are facing nowadays.

The project aims to improve quality of pre-service and in-service education by strengthening the professional profile of both sport related teaching professions preparing teachers and coaches for inclusive intercultural education in and through physical education and sport.

Although in most European counties, (physical and sport) educators teach culturally, ethnically and linguistically heterogeneous classes of pupils (or athletes), teachers and coaches have not been well prepared for this task of intercultural education through sport. Research into intercultural education indicates that many teachers and coaches still do not have sufficient professional competence in this area and that initial teacher and trainer education (pre-service) and continuing professional development (in-service) neither provides them with the necessary knowledge, nor covers practices, skills, competences and appropriate models of to the everyday reality in classrooms and training sessions. Consistent guidelines and didactical concepts are lacking.

Based on a survey on intercultural learning in formal education (pre-service and continuous professional development of physical education teachers and coaching license education) the aims of the EDU:PACT project are:

  • Development of teaching and learning guidelines, didactical concepts and study units for initial teacher / trainer (coaches) education and continuous professional development towards an inclusive intercultural behavior.
  • This step is followed by a piloting training of expert university staff from all project partner universities in intercultural competence (expert knowledge, methododical competence, personal competence, organisational competence). This training is partly performed by experienced NGOs with comprehensive experience and competence in this area. 
  • As a next step each of this newly qualifyied teacher-trainer educators will empower between 20-25 (physical educators – and coaches) who implement their appropriated skills and competences in the practical teaching and coaching of children and adolescents with migrant background together with youth from the hosting community (approximately 2000 children and adolescents trained).
  • Both teaching staff and pupils/athletes will provide feedback, which will be part of the review and validation process. Guidelines, didactical approaches, study units and modules will be reviewed and adapted, ensuring an optimized outcome.

The project started on January 1, 2018 and will be finished on March 31, 2021 (extended runtime due to the Covid-19 pandemic).