Symposium #1


Chairperson: Biljana Popeska


Physical education has an important role in a child’s overall development. It supports not only the development of movement habits and physical growth but also affects cognitive, socio-emotional, domains and overall well-being. In pursuing nurturing well-rounded individuals, holistic development through physical education emerges as a pivotal approach. This symposium explores the multifaceted impact of integrating physical education into the broader educational spectrum, emphasizing the improvement of movement habits and their correlation with academic and personal growth. Using PE contents as a baseline, by applying different innovative strategies and approaches, we use PE to teach core subjects such as mathematics, languages, art, and science, fostering a dynamic and engaging learning environment. Applying the approach of holistic learning, physical education is not just enhancing physical fitness but also is used as a catalyst for creativity, personality development, and social integration. Through structured and spontaneous movement activities, students experience the joy of learning while developing essential life skills. These activities are designed to support cognitive functions, enhance problem-solving abilities, and stimulate creative thinking.

Furthermore, this symposium addresses the crucial role of physical education in promoting social inclusion and intercultural learning. Movement games and collaborative physical activities provide a platform for students of diverse backgrounds to interact, cooperate, and build a sense of community. Such experiences are tools in developing empathy, teamwork, and social skills, which are essential for personal and societal harmony. Additionally, physical education can be a powerful tool for fostering gender equality by providing equal opportunities for all students to participate, compete, and succeed in a supportive environment.

Each symposium presenter will highlight different aspects of the impact of physical education on holistic development, emphasizing the possibility of using PE content as a tool for holistic learning and an instrument for positive changes. Presented pedagogical and theoretical approaches will be supplemented with teachers’ input from practice, by presenting selected best practice examples and experiences.

Prof. Biljana Popeska, PhD
Faculty of Educational Sciences, Goce Delcev University – Stip
Faculty of Humanities, Department of Education and social work, University of Luxembourg

Introduction of the symposium

The importance of physical education for holistic learning and holistic development of children

Prof. Snezana Jovanova Mitkovska, PhD
Faculty of Educational Sciences, Goce Delcev University – Stip

Integrative approach in physical education – functional connection and harmonization of curriculum contents from PE and other domains and teaching subjects

Assoc. prof. Katerina Mitevska Petrusheva
Faculty of Educational Sciences, International Balkan University – Skopje

Empowering physical education through character education: a path to holistic development

Prof. Nikolaos DIGELIDIS, PhD
University of Thessaly, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science – Greece

The New health-related Physical Education Curriculum for senior Schools in Greece

Jugoslav SPASIKJ

PE teacher in Primary school “Krste Misirkov” – Kumanovo

Bojan Trajkovski
PE teacher in Primary school “Braka Miladinovci” – Kumanovo

Prof. Athanasios Papaioannou, PhD

University of Thessaly, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science – Greece

EUPEA’s involvement in projects to promote health-related Physical Education and intercultural education in Balkans

Dr. Maria Nikopoulou
Intercultural Learning and development of Intercultural competences through Physical Education

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Magdalena Spasovska
Founder and president of TAKT
Sport for development expert

President of NGO Sport and Education as Catalysts for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality

Metodi Petrov
PE teacher in Primary school “Vanco Prke” – Stip

Learning about gender equality and social inclusion through physical education – experiences and best practice examples