POSTED: January 30th 2015
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IOC and UNESCO partner to improve physical education in schools

The guidelines were released urging educational planners and governments to invest in both the quality, and quantity, of physical education / Bigstock
The guidelines were released urging educational planners and governments to invest in both the quality, and quantity, of physical education / Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A huge step was taken yesterday to improve the physical education offered in schools all over the world. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has partnered with a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to put together the Quality Physical Education (QPE) Guidelines. The Guidelines were released today, urging educational planners and governments to invest in both the quality, and quantity, of physical education.

In addition, these Guidelines are in line with the IOC's mission, which is to get sport into school curriculum, worldwide. The Guidelines will help promote Olympic values through education. These new Guidelines were presented during an Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) meeting at the IOC headquarters. 

"Physical Education in schools is crucial if we are to get the couch potatoes off the couch. Sport has a central role to play in the education system, not just to fight against obesity and sedentary behavior, but studies have shown time and again the positive effects physical activity has on the social and intellectual development of young people. Collaborating closely with UNESCO, we will ensure physical education is an integral part of school curricula to promote a healthy mind in a healthy body," stated IOC President Thomas Bach.

Now, a tool is available to aid governments in reversing the declining investment made in physical education, which has recently affected several countries. The Guidelines provide a framework to help the policy makers turn around their current physical education policies, while giving practical advice on implementing them.

This is all in conjunction with the publication of the online QPE Guidelines, and being able to recognize that sport related programs and physical education have to reflect the local settings. A pilot phase will be launched to assist and test the implementation at the national level. Through their National Olympic Committees (NOCs), only five countries will be provided the pilot support, from March of 2016 to April of 2016.

The IOC has demonstrated that Olympic values-based education can inspire the younger generation to adopt an active, healthy lifestyle, that is built on the values of respect, excellence, and friendship. This lifestyle adoption has been achieved through the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP). The IOC will continue their progress in order to strengthen their partnership with UNESCO, and to achieve their vision of having physical education available for everyone, thus making sport a fundamental human right.

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog: http://www.thepenshockeyshow.com .


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