Promoting Quality Physical Education Policy

Putting the Quality in Physical Education

Quality Physical Education (QPE) represents active, inclusive, peer-led learning. A tailored QPE programme supports students to develop the physical, social and emotional skills which define self-confident and socially responsible citizens.


Why is QPE key?

Closing the Policy-Practice Gap

To practically support governments develop inclusive, child-centered physical education policy which supports skills acquisition, UNESCO has developed a resource package in partnership with the European Commission, the International Bureau of Education (IBE), International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), International Olympic Committee (IOC), Nike, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Benefitting from the input of more than 50 organizations and individual experts, from all world regions, the Quality Physical Education policy package aims at:

1. Promoting QPE’s broad-based social and developmental benefits
2. Practically supporting governments to design and implement inclusive QPE policy
3. Develop cognitive and non-cognitive skills through PE to get  children physically literate and future well-rounded citizens


Launch of the policy revision process:

Using the Guidelines, UNESCO and partners are supporting 5 countries (Fiji, Mexico, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia) to develop inclusive, child-centered PE policies.

The revised policies will promote physical literacy and values-based learning as part of rounded development and global education priorities.

The revision process prioritizes the engagement of diverse stakeholders involved in, and affected by, the QPE policy, via consultations designed to reflect grassroots perspectives in upstream policy frameworks.

The input and expertise of peer review countries, engaged to share global good practice and provide guidance in the policy development, will be underpinned by rigorous national and international monitoring and evaluation of project implementation.


To learn more on how is the QPE policy revision process implemented in the five pilot countries, click on the following map:




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