Olympic Values Education Programme

Sport and physical activity have many benefits for health, wellbeing, and human development. In social development it is used as a vehicle for positive outcomes in health, peace, gender equality, education, the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders, and for the integration of refugees and immigrants in new communities. 

The Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) is a practical set of learning resources designed to inspire and allow young people to experience life values such as excellence, respect and friendship.

Under ONOC, it has been promoted and delivered by the Athletes’ Commission. The sharing of Olympic Values in Oceania has been led through strong NOC programmes within Guam, Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea through the respective NOCs. OVEP will be promoted more vigorously in the new 2021 to 2024 Quadrennial.

The Athletes' Commission intends to host at least two exciting virtual OVEP events, details of which will be announced in due course, as well as work with member ACs to increase the number of OVEP events delivered annually.

In Oceania, the two certified trainers of OVEP are Barbara Kendall and Natanya Potoi.


Realise the Olympic ideal of building a better world through sport through curricula that uses sport pedagogy focusing on values-based learning


  • Enrich existing educational material
  • Help improve educational performance
  • Enhance civic responsibility
  • Respect for cultural diversity

Olympic Agenda 2020+5

Under Agenda 2020+5, the Olympic Values Education Programme is spread in a network of linkages to Recommendations 1, 3, 8, 12, and 13 which make specific and indirect references to the values of Olympism, education, promotion, reaching young people, spreading Olympic ideals, and the use of digital tools and platforms to advance this message worldwide during and in between Olympic Games. Under Agenda 2020, it found home in Recommendation 22.

Recommendation 1

Strengthen the uniqueness and the universality of the Olympic Games

  • Preserve and promote the universality of the Olympic Games
  • Continue to develop an Olympic Programme which remains balanced and relevant to youth, ensuring gender equality, innovation, universality and participation of the best athletes
  • Make the Olympic Games experience more inclusive by engaging with the largest possible audience before and during the Olympic Games
  • Broadcast the Olympic Games using innovation and athlete-centric storytelling to highlight the relevance of the Olympic values

Recommendation 3

Reinforce athletes’ rights and responsibilities

  • Increase the recognition of Olympians and of the Olympians community

Recommendation 8

Grow digital engagement with people

  • Use Olympic digital and social media channels to deliver engagement during and between the Olympic Games

Recommendation 12

Reach out beyond the Olympic community

  • Reach out beyond the Olympic community

Recommendation 13

Continue to lead by example in corporate citizenship

  • Lead in sustainability
  • Inspire and assist the Olympic Movement in developing sustainable sports worldwide
  • Foster gender equality and inclusion
  • Strengthen our human rights approach

Olympic Agenda 2020

Under Agenda 2020, OVEP finds direct positioning under Recommendation 22 which makes specific reference to Olympic values-based education. It outlines the partnership with UNESCO, the use of digital tools for spreading the curricula, and encourages active work to identify and support initiatives spreading Olympic Values.

Recommendation 22

Spread Olympic values-based education

  • The IOC to strengthen its partnership with UNESCO to include sport and its values in school curricula worldwide.
  • The IOC to devise an electronic platform to share Olympic values-based education programmes of different NOCs and other organisations.
  • The IOC to identify and support initiatives that can help spread the Olympic values.

Why is the teaching of Olympic Values important?

‘Sport is more than just competition. It is a state of mind. The challenge of the Olympic Movement is to educate and encourage young people to practise sport, and to teach them values. Sport helps people, especially young people, to escape daily concern, to respect each other and to learn that rules exist and how important it is to respect them. Sport also brings hope, pride, a sense of identity and health, thus shaping the body and mind.’

Jacques Rogge
Honorary President, IOC

OVEP corresponds with the IOC Fundamental Principles of Olympism

Fundamental Principle 1: Olympism is a philosophy of life,exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body,willand mind.Blending sport with culture and education,Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort,the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.