Rio 2016 education programme continues to spread Olympic values
The Rio 2016 education programme, Transforma, is reaching more young people than ever before as it spreads the Olympic values throughout the Olympic host region.
More than 177,000 students in 349 schools in the state of Rio de Janeiro are already benefiting from the programme, which was recently expanded to reach a total of 19 municipalities.
Officially integrated into the curriculum of Rio city schools last year, Transforma will be one of the main legacies of the Games. During its first year, more than 2,000 people participated in training courses and around 350 physical education teachers were trained to introduce new sports into their schools, such as hockey, badminton, fencing and archery, as well as promoting the Olympic values.
“We want to bring schools in other municipalities closer to the Rio 2016 Games, providing opportunities for students to discover new sports and be inspired by experiences from the Olympic world,” says Mariana Behr, Rio 2016’s Head of Education.
In March, the latest group of “young agents” – the programme’s student leaders – were trained at an event on Ilha do Governador, an island in Guanabara Bay. These 320 students, aged 13 to 17, from 40 schools will now join the 1,448 other young agents already working in their schools to help spread the Olympic values.
“The young agents are the leaders of the Rio 2016 Games in schools,” explains Behr. “In training, they learn all about the Olympic values. We also work with them on mobilisation and leadership skills. When they go back to their schools, their mission is to spread the spirit of the Games among their friends and teachers.”
The students’ training includes presentations on the history of the Games, while they also learn how to play Olympic sports, such as rugby, badminton, taekwondo, volleyball and wrestling. For many of the youngsters, it is their first contact with such sports.
“I was only familiar with football and volleyball before,” said 16-year-old Thamara Holz of Collechio State College in the Bangu neighbourhood. “I didn’t know about these other sports, like badminton. We want to take these new sports into our schools and I think everyone will be interested.”
More schools within Rio de Janeiro are set to join the programme by the end of June, while the Transforma website also provides tips for Games-related activities and teaching materials for schools throughout Brazil to download for free.