Olympic Values Education Programme in India
We successfully launched the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) in the state of Odisha.
The programme was officially launched by the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik; IOC Education Commission Chair Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski; IOC Member Nita Ambani; Olympian, member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission & Founder ABFT - Abhinav Bindra; and President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Narinder Batra. In its first year, the programme aims to impact 32,000 children enrolled in 90 schools in the cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela and, once in full swing, it will reach around 7 million children. The state of Odisha intends to take OVEP to all its schools and higher education institutions in a phased manner, thereby enabling its young population to truly take on board the Olympic values.
OVEP is a practical set of resources designed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to inspire and allow young people to imbibe the Olympic values of excellence, respect, and friendship. The programme aims to disseminate a values-based curriculum to shape children’s characters and help them become active, healthy, and responsible citizens. The Government of Odisha will incorporate the OVEP into the school curriculum of Odisha, in partnership with the IOC and the ABFT.
These OVEP-based projects and activities help address the global challenges of sedentary lifestyles, lack of concentration, and adolescents dropping out of school. The resources and toolkits are designed to make it possible for young people of any skill level to enjoy and learn from physical activity, and gain life-long social, cognitive and physical skills. To help adapt the content of the programme to Odisha's needs, the Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust will partner with the IOC in implementation, training, delivery, monitoring and evaluation.