A free online education initiative, Paralympics Australia’s Paralympic Education Project promotes inclusion of people with a disability and aims to challenge perceptions through a range of engaging lesson plans, online resources and a school visitation program.
The goal of the Paralympics Education Program is to reach a minimum of 300 schools and 10,000 students via online resources, and over 500 students through the school visits before the Tokyo 2020 Games begin in August.
The school visitation program will see Paralympian visit schools around Australia, with students given the opportunity to participate in Paralympic sports.
With only six months until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begin, Paralympics Australia Chief Executive Lynne Anderson said it was an ideal time for students of all ages to embrace Australia’s Paralympians.
“Paralympians have a reputation for resilience. They personify courage and determination through their performances and importantly, they have an ever-growing role to promote equality and positive social change,” Ms Anderson said.
“We believe our Paralympic Education Program is the perfect opportunity for students to learn about these valuable characteristics in a fun and meaningful way.”
As an official partner of Australia’s 2020 Paralympic Team, Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Australian Beef brand is supporting the Paralympic Education Project “to continue to connect, educate, inspire and excite more Australian schools and communities by bringing the Paralympic Games and Para-sports into classrooms with healthy meal and active lifestyle messages,” said Lisa Sharp, MLA Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.
“MLA currently has a range of Australian curriculum-aligned materials and programs to support teachers in educating students about sustainable farming practices, red meat production and red meat nutrition.”
In the lead up to the Paralympic Games, MLA will also launch a new module of school education resources focusing on Australian Beef as part of a healthy meal and active lifestyle.
“These resources will feature our Paralympians, participating in engaging programs for primary aged students including live cooking classes and interviews focusing on the importance of beef’s role in a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Sharp said.
Schools can register for the Paralympic Education Project by clicking here.