SINGAPORE 201048OLYMPIC REVIEWSocial revolutionAt the Youth Olympic Village, the first Youth Olympic Games will be inspiring young athletes to embrace the Olympic values and learn more about other cultures
federations are already doing. But I felt that there wasan element missing in the traditional pattern of worldyouth championships and that's the education part."The CEP in Singapore will feature a variety ofdifferent activities, such as interactive workshops,community projects and exhibitions, with each aspectallowing participants to interact with other youngpeople from around the world while learning aboutimportant issues, developing their skills, andembracing the Olympic values.In total, there will be more than 50 CEP activitiestaking place during the Games, with each one linked to one of the five educational themes: Olympism, SkillsDevelopment, Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyle, SocialResponsibility and Expression. Activities include several 'Chat with Champions',which will give participants the chance to interact withAthlete Role Models, such as former Olympians, whowill share their own stories about the Games andinspire the young athletes through their experiences of living the Olympic values.'Island Adventure', will take the athletes to one ofSingapore's offshore islands - Pulau Ubin - wherehe inaugural Youth Olympic Games are aboutfar more than just medals. That's becausealongside the exciting sports competition thatwill take place in Singapore, the YOG will also feature an extensive Culture and Education Programme (CEP),which aims to introduce young athletes to Olympismand the Olympic values, and to raise awareness onimportant issues such as the benefits of a healthylifestyle, sustainability and the fight against doping. It willalso help to prepare them better for their future career,whether that is in top-class sport or some other area.This unique element will set the YOG apart from otheryouth sports competitions and follows the YOG's originalaims to educate and engage young athletes, inspiringthem to play an active role in their communities, and toembrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect."The Culture and Education Programme at theYOG is as important as the competition itself," explainsIOC President Jacques Rogge. "There are alreadyworld championships and junior world championshipsfor most Olympic sports, so there was no need tocreate something that would mimic what the sportsOLYMPIC REVIEW49CULTURE AND EDUCATIONYoung Ambassadors with President Roggethey will work in teams to complete confidence-building challenges, such as rock climbing and raftbuilding. 'Exploration Journeys' to two of Singapore'snewest sustainability-themed attractions - HortParkand Marina Barrage -will enable participants to learnmore about how to protect and conserve theenvironment. There will also be 'Community Projects'involving local beneficiaries, 'Arts and Culture' activitiesinvolving music and dancing, and 'Discovery Activities',which will feature interactive workshops and hand-onexhibitions that are linked to the CEP's key themes.A 'World Culture Village' will be set up in the YouthOlympic Village, with cultural booths representing eachof the 205 National Olympic Committees where theyoung athletes can learn more about other countriesthat are taking part in the YOG."The programme will teach them invaluable skillsfor the future both inside and outside the world ofsport," explains Sergey Bubka, Chairman of the IOC'sCoordination Commission for Singapore. "They willbuild friendships with other young athletes fromaround the world and get the opportunity toexperience new cultures." ?