Olympic Values Education Programme

Olympic Values Education Programme

For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement - Pierre de Coubertin

The Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) is a series of free and accessible teaching resources that have been created by the IOC. Using the context of Olympic sports and the core principles of Olympism, participants are encouraged to experience values-based learning and to assume the responsibilities of good citizenship. It communicates the benefit of sport and physical activity through an understanding of Olympism and its impact on individual health, enjoyment, and social interaction.


Blending of sport with education and cultural expression continues to be the foundation of the IOC’s Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), version 2.0. Interlinked with the global education priorities related to promoting skill sets for the 21st century, OVEP uses the universality of sport in the Olympic context to support delivery of curriculum in and outside of the classroom. OVEP is based on the Olympic philosophy that learning takes place through a balanced development of body and mind. OVEP allows young people to experience life values such as excellence, respect and friendship.

What is OVEP?

Activities of IOC President, Thomas BACH, Visit of Leamington Primary, New Zealand, 2015
Using the symbols of the Olympic Games, the themes of Olympism, and drawing on the lore of the ancient and modern Olympic Games, the programme aims to disseminate a values-based curriculum that will shape the development of child and youth character. Using the context of Olympic sports, participants are taught skills and strategies that will help them to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship and civic literacy.
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What resources are available?

The Olympic Values Education Programme consists of extensive, free education resource materials.

The OVEP Toolkit is an extensive, free educational resource packed with ideas, stories, activities that can teach values and inspire youth. It consists of four parts:

  • The Fundamentals of Olympic Values Education Manual: A Sport-based Programme
  • Delivering OVEP PLAYbook: A Practical Guide to Olympic Values Education
  • OVEP Activity Sheets: Exercises to Support Olympic Values Education
  • The Resource Library
  • OVEP Workshop Plan: Learning Through Physical Activity - Train the Trainers
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Who is it for?

Rio school children taking part in Olympic parade at Madureira Park.

The Olympic Values Education Programme is designed to benefit youth from all walks of life, and all levels of athletic ability and interest. It is not just for budding Olympic athletes.

It can be put into action by teachers and instructors, coaches and sports clubs, governments and educational authorities, members of the Olympic Family, and even parents at home.

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The Olympic Education initiatives


Find out about the Olympic Education initiatives and application of Olympic values

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Discover « Sports Values in Every Classroom », which provides a universal framework for installing values and teaching transferable life skills to 8-12 year-old students in any subject area.

The publication "Sports Values in Every Classroom’ launched in 2019 is the result of the joint work between six international partners: UNESCO, Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage, Agitos Foundation, WADA, ICSSPE/CIEPSS and International Fair Play Committee. In recognition of the potential of sport, the mission of this toolkit is to assist teachers in their work to instil in children the values of respect, equity and inclusion through engaging activities.

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