Olympic Values training for UNESCO Associated Schools teachers
Respect for others, fair play, the pursuit of excellence, the balance between body, will and mind and the joy of effort are components of a training workshop in Olympic educational values for teachers and National Coordinators of UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 9 – 13 August 2010.
“Teaching Olympic Values: an IOC/UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) Joint Initiative” will be launched at the workshop, which is jointly organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and ASPnet, with the participation of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and the National Olympic Committee.
Thirty selected ASPnet National Coordinators, teachers and education specialists from six countries in the Caribbean will be trained on the content and methodologies of the IOC’s Olympic Values Education Programme resource entitled “Teaching Values: an Olympic Education Toolkit”. Furthermore, they will commit to experiment the Toolkit throughout the 2010/2011 school-year in 17 ASPnet and other schools, which will serve as control group.
The ASPnet trainees, from Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, will contribute to pre- and post-experimentation assessments of this pilot initiative, reinforcing ASPnet’s role as an educational . After being carefully analysed, the “enabler factors” identified by ASPnet will contribute to enhancing the quality of education through the promotion of Olympic values in other socio-cultural contexts .
The Toolkit was developed by IOC in order to help educators, sports administrators, and youth group leaders to promote Olympic educational values, maintain young people’s interest in sport, encourage them to practise sport. From the perspective of enhancing the quality of education, notably through the ASP Network, this original pedagogical material has the potential to become an integral part of values education.