OVEP – sport as a school of life
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 three parts:
- a teaching manual,
- an interactive data base, and
- a label to encourage take-up.
The teaching manual is intended as a reference document for all 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. For this reason, the manual will be translated into various languages and distributed through the National Olympic Committees (NOCs)
THE DATA BASE
The IOC is aware of the amount and high quality of existing Olympic education programmes. Since Calgary in 1988, all the Organising Committees have invented 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 result is an impressive data base, which will soon be used to enrich the www.olympic.org web site.
The third pillar is intended to be proactive: a label which should encourage teachers and educators around the world to move into teaching the Olympic values. “It is still premature to think about the exact form it will take, but it could be diplomas, medals or other kinds of recognition which will encourage not just the teachers, but also those taking part,” explains Francis Gabet, Director of The Olympic Museum in Lausanne.