In 2011, the International Olympic Truce Centre launched its new Educational Program.
One of the most important tasks of the International Olympic Truce Centre is to inform, educate and, most of all, engage future generations in the concept of the Olympic Truce. The world will, in turn, learn valuable lessons from the younger generation who so often have a clearer view ...
The specific aim of the Educational Program is to create an understanding of the inspirational power of sport through the ideals of Olympism and the Olympic Truce, to ensure that this ancient peace accord will play a role in promoting peace, dialogue and reconciliation amongst future generations.
The program is built on four pillars - lectures and workshops, online activities, field trips and literature.
The Olympic Truce has survived since 776 BC.
It should survive forever ...
In cooperation with education authorities, schools and teachers, the International Olympic Truce Centre’s Educational Program provides a series of lectures and workshops, custom designed for younger children of various ages.
These lectures and workshops provide an introduction to Olympic Truce, its ancient history and modern revival, and seek to explore the relevance of truce in today’s world.
Children are encouraged to explore ways in which Olympic Truce can be applied daily, in their immediate environment.
Through these lectures and workshops, children will understand the power of sport in creating a window of opportunity, and the value of dialogue as a means of conflict resolution.
For the London 2012 Olympic Games, the IOTC collaborated with Great Britain's leading educational institution, the British Council of Athens on the "Imagine Peace" Educational Program. Commencing April 26, until June, the IOTC and the British Council visited Greek speaking and English speaking schools in Athens and around Greece to teach the Program to primary school students.
Aiming not only to teach the true values of the Olympic spirit, the workshops also provided an opportunity for children to learn through pictures, song and dance as well as meet a Greek Olympic Champion to find out more about the Olympic spirit.
The workshops were based around the coloring book published by the International Olympic Truce Centre titled "Colours for Peace, A fun way to learn about Olympic Truce”. Through images and sketches, children are introduced to the values of Olympism, various aspects of Truce in everyday life, and ancient Greek mythology. A Teacher's Guide compelementary to the book has been created by the British Council to aid teachers to better enhance the teaching experience.All participating students are awarded an Olympic Truce participation Diploma, the "Colours for Peace, A fun way to learn about Olympic Truce” book and a t-shirt of the program.
The workshops also provide an opportunity for the children to consolidate their learning through interactive games using the latest touch screen and tablet technology.
The program was a great success and more than 5.000 children have attended the workshops. Feedback received from all participants emphasizes the excellence of the program and the need for further workshops to enrich the children’s learning.
In cooperation with the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the International Olympic Truce Centre’s Educational Program facilitates field trips to historical sites closely associated with the Olympic Games and the Olympic Truce. Sites such as Delphi, ancient Olympia and the Panathinaic Stadium, the historic stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
Field trips include lectures and activities.
In cooperation with leading educationalists and authors, the International Olympic Truce Centre’s Educational Program publishes a series of storybooks, activity books and teachers’ guides.
In 2012 the IOTC has published the Colouring Book "Colours for Peace, A fun way to learn about Olympic Truce", targeted at children of primary school age. Though images and sketches, children are introduced to thevalues of the Olympism, various aspects of Truce in everyday life, and ancient Greek mythology.
In order to complement the Book, a Teacher's Guide has been created by the British Council in Athens. In this way teachers are aided to better enhance the teaching experience.Children are encouraged to participate in fun activities, interactive games and creative works.
Children's Brochure (Greek)
Colours for Peace, children's book (English)
Colours for Peace, children's book (Greek)
Colours for Peace, children's book (French)
Colours for Peace, children's book (Portuguese)
Colours for Peace, Teacher's Guide (English)
Colours For Peace, Teacher's Guide (Greek)