Olympic education: joint governmental and non-governmental national model

Por: Alexander Kontanistov.

Athens 2004: Pre-olympic Congress

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Introduction

The Olympic Charter of the IOC (Rule 31) states that the National Olympic Committees "contribute... to the diffusion of Olympism in the teaching programs of physical education and sport in schools and university establishments" 1. Many existing national systems of Olympic education created by the National Olympic Committee or National Olympic Academy are non-governmental. This is why they do not involve youth on a large scale. The present paper describes the creation of the joint governmental and non-governmental national model of Olympic education in Russia.

Method

theoretical analysis.

Results
A joint governmental and non-governmental system of Olympic education of schoolchildren was founded in Russia on the initiative of the Russian Olympic Committee. It is based on the cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Russian Olympic Committee.
In accordance with the joint Resolution of the Ministry of Education and Russian Olympic Committee No 84 dated March 5, 1994, the Olympic education was included into curricula of 62 thousand schools as well as examination in the 9th and 11th forms.
The book "Your Olympic Textbook" was recommended for schools by the Ministry of Education and published by the Russian Olympic Committee as a basis for the Olympic lessons. Since 1996 12 editions of the book have been published with the total distribution of 276 thousand copies.
Discussions/Conclusions
To spread the ideals and values of the Olympic Movement is more effective through the governmental education system 2. The joint governmental and non-governmental system of Olympic education allows to involve schoolchildren into learning Olympism, Olympic Movement and Olympic Games on the large scale in the countries with a stable educational system.

References

1. Olympic Charter, 2003, Lausanne, International Olympic Committee.
2. Владимир Родиченко, 1998, Oлимпийская идея для России (from Russian: Vladimir Rodichenko, Olympic Idea for Russia, Moscow, "Sovetskiy Sport").

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