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School children of all ages; teachers
Mixed event comprising an educational week, a sports festival and training for teachers
Certification of the best School Olympic Games on the basis of criteria established by the Estonian Olympic Academy
This programme has set up since 1996 by the Estonian Olympic Academy. All schools in Estonia can send in their candidature to hold School Games, which must include an educational week and a sports festival. Specific training is organised to encourage teachers to participate and set up projects.
The programme starts in autumn by an awareness phase aiming to motivate physical education teachers, school directors and sports administrators to set up School Olympic Games with their schools.
An Olympic education course is offered in Estonia's main cities to inform teachers and present to them the various aspects of the organisation of School Games. Basic training on the history of the Olympic Movement and on the concept of school games is given. Some organisers of previous editions of School Games come to share their experience and give practical advice.
Between September and December, the Estonian Olympic Academy organises a competition aimed at selecting the best School Games projects. The schools interested hand in a file which must comprise two parts: an Olympic Education Week and a School Festival. A committee of six experts selects the best projects and gives them financial support.
The Olympic Education Week can comprise activities such as:
The sports festival must include:
The organisers of the School Games can also propose various activities such as literary or artistic competitions, meetings with prestigious Estonian athletes, or a visit to the Estonian Sports Museum.
Finally, the Estonian Olympic Academy presents a certificate to the best School Olympic Games. The criteria for recognition are:
A manual (for pupils and teachers) has been produced in the framework of the programme. It can be useful for teachers of various subjects (history, languages, maths, etc.). A web site and audio-visual material have also been created.
The preparatory courses for teachers in organising the School Olympic Games bring together 20-125 participants every year.
In 2008, 44 projects of School Olympic Games was sent to the competition of the Estonian Olympic Academy, involving 113 different schools and kindergartens, including 4 schools from Finland, Latvia and Russia.
In 2008, alltogether 12974 pupils took part in the School Olympic Games in Estonia (the total a population of Estonia is 1.345 million people).
In 2008, according to the decision of the commission of the experts, the Estonian Olympic Academy supported financially the organising of the School Olympic Games by 177500 EEK.
Since the start of the programme in 1996, 156 School Olympic Games have been recognised and awarded the certificate by the Estonian Olympic Academy.
Estonian Olympic Committee
Country : Estonia
Organisation : School Olympic Games
Contact : Mrs Reele Remmelkoor, Director of the Estonian Olympic Academy
Estonian Olympic Academy
Jakobi 5-304, Tartu, Estonia
Phone : +372 525 0583
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.olympiaharidus.eu