Olympic Education in India
More than ever, getting the young generation onto the field of sport and exposing them to the Olympic values is one of the IOC main priorities. To get there, the IOC has developed the Youth Olympic Games and an Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), which was at the heart of the first ever national workshop hosted last week in Delhi by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), under the auspices of the IOC. The OVEP Programme had been officially launched in India by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge during the Commonwealth Youth Games held at Pune in October 2008.
Sport: a tool for education
National delegates from the various Indian states and union territories were introduced to the IOC values-based educational resource, the “Teaching Values: an Olympic Education Toolkit”, with the key focus on how to use the manual effectively in the classroom. This toolkit has been developed in order to help educators, coaches and youth group leaders to teach the educational values of the Olympic Movement: joy of effort, fair play, respect for others, pursuit of excellence and balance between body, will and mind. Opportunities for dialogue, self-reflection, background information and the instructional methods for delivery of the different topical areas to promote these values were the cornerstones of the workshop.
Reaching 20 per cent of the population
IOA Secretary General and IOC member Randhir Singh emphasised that the OVEP programme would be embedded as part of the activities of the Indian National Club Games, which will be targeting 800,000 clubs in the country. It is estimated that 20 per cent of the population will be touched and exposed to OVEP during its roll-out.