This initiative is a component of the ERASMUS+ program titled “Sport and Physical Education as a vehicle for Inclusion and Recognition in India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka (SPIRIT).”

The project aims to tackle two prevailing issues in the three partner countries (Sri Lanka, India, and Indonesia):

  1. The escalating prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has become a significant global health concern in low- and middle-income countries. This rise is particularly noticeable in Southeast Asia, where limited resources have been allocated to address this growing epidemic.
  2. Globally, young people require leisure time, space, and companionship to engage in sports and play. Although the demand for sporting activities is universal, the ability to be included often faces challenges.

Sport serves as a means to overcome obstacles and facilitate the inclusion of students across various educational levels (higher, vocational, secondary, and primary) who are typically marginalized. Active participation in sports activities can benefit those usually excluded in two ways:

  1. Altering community perceptions of the capabilities of different groups: Sport enables participants, regardless of gender, ability, or background, to unite in a positive context, breaking down preconceived notions and promoting accomplishments previously deemed impossible. This helps diminish stigma and discrimination, influencing gatekeepers who have the authority to permit or deny children the opportunity to partake in physical activity.
  2. Transforming participants’ self-perceptions and beliefs in their abilities: Sport empowers individuals to recognize their potential and advocate for societal changes that facilitate the realization of that potential. Consequently, the project endeavours to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum covering sports management, sports nutrition, and physical education. Additionally, it offers short courses for professional coaches, trainers, sports clubs, and organizations seeking to utilize sports and physical education for inclusion. SPIRIT student clubs will also be established to promote SPIRIT activities in schools and local communities.

The primary objective of SPIRIT is to formulate a modular program in Sports, Physical Education, and Health Sciences in three Asian countries, contributing to the increased acknowledgement of the fundamental value of sports and physical activity for individuals and society. Beyond competition, the initiative emphasizes sports as a potent tool for promoting healthy lifestyles and socioeconomic development, with a special focus on vulnerable groups, females, and students with special needs.


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  • Spirit + Erasmus 2022 NewsletterFebruary 2, 2024 - 12:22 am

    IPB University team has been developing existing curricula both in postgraduate and undergraduate programs. The curriculum developed under the postgraduate program is the Sport Nutrition course, and this course is done in the second semester of the program. The main learning outcome of the curriculum is to understand the role of nutrition in achieving optimum […]