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01 Oct 2014
RIO 2016 , IOC News

Rio 2016 inspires young people through sport and education

In Brazil, almost one third of the Brazilian population is under the age of 19 and this is one of the core groups that the Rio 2016 Organising Committee is reaching out to in the hope of inspiring and motivating them through the Olympic Games.

Over the last few years, in Rio de Janeiro, many educational activities have already been taking place, with students embracing the Olympic values and ideals. The official Rio 2016 education programme (“TRANSFORMA”) was launched on 1 July in Rio de Janeiro and the dedicated TRANSFORMA website has been online since 12 April 2014, providing a whole host of materials that teachers can use in their lesson plans:

The TRANSFORMA programme involves:

- High-quality educational material for lessons and activities;
- Encouraging young people to try out new sports and lead a healthy and active lifestyle;
- Bringing Olympic and Paralympic values to life;
- Using the Games to promote new learning experiences.

Everyone involved is fully embracing the programme with some very positive feedback from some of the teachers involved:

“I’ve been in the project since last year; it is very exciting and motivating for the team. Everybody is happy. People are really involved in the project, and this inspires us to take this positivity, the motivation, back to school”

“I was skeptical in the beginning because educational programmes used to be implemented without being discussed at the school level. I now realize that Transforma can help schools disseminate the Olympic and democratic values they need so much.”

Take a look at some of the Rio 2016 videos (English subtitles available) and see how the spirit of the Rio 2016 Games is already transforming schools.

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