Pakistan is one of the newest countries to be involved in International Inspiration.
In Pakistan, half of all schools do not have an outside space for play and sport. In Sindh province, the enrolment rate of girls in basic education is as low as 25%. The Pakistan Government has welcomed International Inspiration warmly, identifying its potential to give young people hope in a country where natural disasters and civil unrest make like insecure for so many.
A high-level delegation comprising the Ministries of Education and of Sport, The National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Presidents, and senior state officials visited London in March 2010 to discuss the programme.
Priorities include support for a national curriculum for physical education (PE); creating partnerships between schools; and providing protective environments to encourage girls' participation. The aspiration is for at least one million children and young people to have access to high-quality and inclusive PE and sport.
However, Pakistan is suffering from the devastating floods that have displaced an estimated one 20 million people, including millions from Sindh. The team is working with partners in Pakistan to explore how International Inspiration proceeds in light of the tragedy.