Montreal, 6 April 2021 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces the release of the “Sport Values in Every Classroom” toolkit in French and Spanish.
The toolkit – which was first launched in English in October 2019 during the Seventh UNESCO Conference of Parties (COP) relating to the International Convention against Doping in Sport – is a free, cross-curricular resource targeted at teachers of students aged 8-12 years old and aims to help teachers instill some of the core values synonymous with sport: respect, equity, and inclusion.
The toolkit was developed by six international organizations, collectively referred to as the “Education Partnership”, namely: WADA; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) (who replaced the Agitos Foundation); the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE); the International Fair Play Committee (IFPC); and the Olympic Foundation for Cultural Heritage (OFCH). The toolkit was based on commissioned research which was conducted by a team associated with the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP).
This international collaboration highlights the importance of values-based education and the foundation it provides for ethical sporting behavior – a common goal for the Education Partnership. The toolkit, which is free to access, can be used by teachers of any subject and by coaches or educators – anyone with a connection to young people – to help instill and reinforce the values of sport and the development of global citizenship.
WADA Director of Education, Amanda Hudson, said: “WADA is pleased to launch the French and Spanish versions of the ‘Sport Values in Every Classroom’ toolkit, in addition to the English version that is already available. Offering the toolkit in these key languages will allow the delivery of values-based education to an even wider global audience. Given its importance, values-based education is now a mandatory requirement within the International Standard for Education. This toolkit provides a solution for stakeholders to implement values-based education to a younger audience, setting an ethical foundation for the next generation of athletes.
“We strongly recommend that this toolkit is adopted by stakeholders. WADA, and the organizations of the Education Partnership, encourage individuals, academic and sports organizations, governments, anti-doping organizations and institutions responsible for teacher training to embed this toolkit into their education programs.”
The toolkit consists of a set of 30 Activity Cards that act as complete lesson plans for educators of any subject and can be adapted to suit different contexts and populations. These activities can be delivered in the classroom, the gymnasium or outdoors, and can be used independent of, or to complement, an existing curriculum. The activities are engaging, fun, and movement-based, and have been successfully delivered to children both younger and older than the target age group. The toolkit also includes a Quick Guide and a Teacher’s Companion, which provide academic support to those who seek extra guidance or ideas.
The toolkit can be downloaded in all three languages from any of the participating partners’ websites. Stakeholders and/or educators wishing to translate the toolkit into another language are invited to contact any of the participating organizations to receive the Translation Guidance document, which was developed by all partners.
For any questions specific to WADA, please contact the Agency’s Education Department at: email@example.com.