Deputy Education Minister Eleni Kourkoula is this week’s guest writer for “Towards 2004”, as she focuses on the importance of “Olympic Education”, a topic that the Greek government, in association with ATHOC, is promoting at practically all levels of the public and private school system.
“For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games a pioneering program will be applied in 7,400 schools where some 950,000 pupils study throughout the country. Olympic Education promotes volunteerism and diversity as supremely Hellenic and universal values, projecting athleticism and culture as a privileged measure in every educational policy. At the same time, it provides a unique opportunity for emphasizing the constant and ecumenical values of the ‘Olympic Idea’.
“This ambitious social program is becoming a reality with the help of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and aiming at an ‘open school’ that will bring pupils closer to the already existing volunteer movement and will help shape them into future citizens with increased social responsibility.
“The ‘European Pact for Human Rights’ program, meanwhile, revolves around four axes and aims at training teachers and parents: a basic outline of how the Council of Europe (CoE) works, a summary on the Pact itself, as well as its daily implementation and the CoE’s initiatives in the human rights sector.
“The Girl Scouts, Action Aid and the Open Horizons are the first NGOs to cooperate with our ministry,” Kourkoula added.