With the aim of making young people aware of the dangers of doping, WADA has developed support material for teachers and other educators. The activities offered can be developed in class with 10-16 year-olds.
• To teach the sport values to young people
• To show the damaging nature and seriousness of doping, from an ethical and health consequences perspective
WADA has developed material that is directly useable in class to make young people aware of the seriousness of doping.
The activities offered can be integrated into the framework of the subjects taught in the normal school programme (for example, during lessons on civics and ethics, social sciences, natural sciences, languages, etc.). They can aim at developing various learning skills: critical analysis, learning in collaboration with others, the development of spoken and written expression, written comprehension exercises, etc.
The activities targeting younger students focus on the cheating aspect of doping. The material is presented in two distinct units: "Spirit of Sport" and "Doping and the Spirit of Sport.”
The first unit includes four lessons, during which the teachers encourage the pupils to think about the importance of adopting behaviour in conformity with the sporting spirit. At the end of this module, the pupils sign an agreement, through which they commit themselves to "playing fair".
In the second module, which includes three lessons, the pupils study in more detail the phenomenon of doping, its impact and the organisations involved in the fight against this phenomenon.
The activities targeting the older students look at doping from ethical and health consequences perspectives. The material is presented in four distinct units: “What is doping,” “Why is doping banned,” “How to protect sport from doping” and “Taking Sides.”
In the first unit, pupils are presented with a definition of doping, look at the organizations that fight doping and explore the documents that outline the anti-doping rules and regulations.
In the second unit, pupils explore the ethical rational behind the fight against doping as well as the health consequences of doping.
In the third unit, pupils explore the doping control and sanctioning processes and are encouraged to think about the fairness of the process. Finally, pupils are given the opportunity to apply sanctions to doping cases.
In the fourth and final unit, teachers are provided with a series of activity ideas, topics and resources that provide students with the opportunity to present different positions on anti-doping issues.
The Teacher’s Tool Kit has been presented to Ministries of Education, policy makers and practitioners at numerous national and regional fora in Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Oceania.
The Teacher’s Tool Kit contains a series of lesson plans and activity ideas for introducing your students to the issue of doping. The intention is to use sport, sport values and doping as themes for putting into practice the life-long learning skills that you would like your students to build, including critical thinking, collaborative learning, reading comprehension, as well as oral and written expression.
The Tool Kit is divided into material for students 10-12 years of age (Youth) and for students 13-16 years of age (Teen). For each age group, a series of lessons and activities are suggested, which can be used independently or as part of a larger module.
Why discuss doping in sport with your students?
First, the anti-doping community believes that, by instilling anti-doping and fair play values in children, before they are exposed to drug use, they will be less tempted by doping substances.
Secondly, although your students may not be tempted by substances for performance enhancing purposes, they may be tempted to use substances such as supplements and medications to help with their body image (lose weight, put on body/muscle mass).
Finally, although the themes that we are using for these lessons revolve around sport, the values being taught go beyond sport.