ERASMUS+ Intercultural Education through Physical Activity, Coaching and Training (EDU-PACT)

Head of the project:
Dr. Karen Petry

IESF staff entrusted with the project:
Louis Moustakas, Katrin Bauer

Period of project:
January 2018 – March 2021

University of Vienna
German Sports University Cologne
University of Thessaly
Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
International Council for Coaching Excellence
Right to Play Germany
Southern University of Denmark
Universty of Rome "Foro Italico" 
Vienna Institute of International Dialogue

Coordinated by the University of Vienna, this project targets a major, current societal problem: The migrant and refugee crisis in Europe. Consistent migrant flow towards Europe pose new cultural challenges across all European societies. Regardless of what is done to handle this situation, it is clear that a great number of people, including children, will need to be integrated and welcomed into our societies. Schools as well as sport clubs are an important vehicle to facilitate this integration.

However, teachers and schools are often under-resourced and under-funded to deal with the new challenges posed by this situation. The objective of the project is to help address these challenges and to develop innovative, evidence-based intercultural pedagogy in physical education and coaching. This pedagogy will be namely based on the extensive hands-on experience from two reputed international NGOs: Right to Play (RTP) and the Vienna Institute of International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC). The EDU-PACT project will develop sustainable approaches in order to equip physical education teachers as well as coaches with inclusive, intercultural behaviour. 

EDU:PACT Handbook
After nearly three years of work, we proudly present the EDU:PACT Handbook dealing with the fundamental thematic and theoretical building blocks for successful intercultural education in sport. As such, its contents can be used flexibly and adapted according to different groups and local needs. The English version of the handbook can be downloaded on the EDU:Pact website.