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
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.
Strengthen the uniqueness and the universality of the Olympic Games
Reinforce athletes’ rights and responsibilities
Grow digital engagement with people
Reach out beyond the Olympic community
Continue to lead by example in corporate citizenship
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.
Spread Olympic values-based education
‘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.’
Honorary President, IOC
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.