OVEP is much more than an acronym in the Olympic galaxy.
Behind this abbreviation lies an ambitious programme to teach the Olympic values – The Olympic Values Education Programme. As one element of the IOC’s global youth strategy, OVEP is a tool to maintain young people’s interest in sport, encouraging them to practise sport, and promoting the Olympic values.
OVEP consists of two parts:
- a teaching toolkit,
- a collect of initiatives around the world
1) The toolkit Teaching values
The teaching manual is intended as a reference document for teachers and educators, looking to promote the values of Olympism. The manual, which currently exists in English and in French, encourages them to use the symbols (rings, torch and medals) and Olympic stories as part of a stimulating interactive programme. It respects the universality of the Movement by offering teaching tools which can be used all over the world. The manual is also being translated into other languages..
See the manual in English (Download pdf)
See the manual in French (Download pdf)
2) The initiatives – Application of Olympic values
The IOC is aware of the amount and high quality of existing Olympic education programmes. Since Calgary in 1988, all the Organising Committees have developed new tools to spread the message. NOCs and some organisations and institutions have done the same. To build on the efforts already made and encourage the use of existing expertise, the IOC asked the Autonomous University of Barcelona to produce an inventory of the Olympic education programmes and tools.
The aim is here to present a selection of different kind of educational initiatives implemented around the world. They are inspired by Olympic values and targeted to young people from 8 to 18 years old.
This is a work in progress: 21 initiatives have been listed so far. They come from Olympic National Committees (NOCs), Olympic Academies and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This is a first step! The objective is to increase this number in the future.
The database will then give a more and more complete vision of real applications of Olympic values within educational programmes around the world. An inspiring tool for teachers and educators.