An excellent overall focus is to use the themes of the Olympics values, charter and/or creed …
Olympic values: Respect, friendship and excellence.
The Olympic Charter states that the goal of the Olympic movement is to help build a better and a more peaceful world.
Linked to above pupils can explore global issues of sustainability, human rights and interdependence involved with the games e.g. links to clothing and merchandise production, fair trade provision at sites, travel etc.
If exploring lives in other countries, the Development Education Centres have a variety of photo-packs based on life in other parts of the world and also copies of the series ‘Letters from around the World’ in which young people share their lives. Included in this series are letters from China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Spain, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Brazil.
Lots of interesting activities and ideas linked to the Olympics and its core values while exploring the significance and interconnections of world sporting events to Universal Rights and other global aspects can be found below:
1. Send for or download a copy of ‘Schools’ Step by Step Guide to Fairtrade in 2012’ available at http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/includes/documents/cm_docs/2011/A/Action%20guide%20for%20schools.pdf
. Ideas and activities linked to London 2012 Olympics
2. ‘Get Back to Work’ http://www.playfair2012.org.uk
is a fun and revealing interactive computer game that highlights how workers’ conditions in factories are both unfair and manipulated while producing sportswear, trainers and Olympic souvenirs.
This activity is just part of a pack – FAIR’S FAIR – available to download or order free from www.playfair2012.org/resources
. Activities help pupils learn about workers’ conditions and the need to speak out for their rights and could be used to broaden any classroom Olympic theme.
3. The Clothes Line, a photo and teaching pack exploring cotton production and trade is available for loan from the Development Education Centres or some of the photos and activities can be downloaded from http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/clothes_line/?30
What would be good and fair working conditions? – role-play in the pack.
4. Who makes our footballs? Sometimes children in Pakistan but it is not always best to boycott – take part as a class as an imaginary football team interviews all the parties involved. Just one of the many activities in ‘Working Children Worldwide’ – a Save the Children pack. This activity also online at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/docs/working_children_activity_1.pdf
5. Passion for Fashion is a cross-curricular resource with activities for a series of lessons, or a full day of activities based around the fashion industry and the issue of sweatshops. Available for loan from the Development Education Centres or download here - http://www.risc.org.uk/files/passion-for-fashion.pdf
6. Also check out the sweat shop simulation at http://www.simsweatshop.com/
Step into her trainers activity and other reports and resources.
8. Looking behind the Logo – Oxfam. A role-play on the global supply chain in the sportswear industry. You can borrow a hard copy of this resource from the Development Education Centres or access it through this link: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/looking_behind_the_logo/
9. Get Set Goes Global (from the official London 2012 education programme)http://getset.london2012.com/en/get-set-goes-global
including Olympic Truce; supporting teams; International Education Programme for schools around the world/ESOL/in French/Spanish.
Other useful pages on this site as well as the Go Global page , are Get Set+ and Resources.
10. War on Want resources http://www.waronwant.org/act-now/schools-resources
Free to order Olympics and Sweatshop resources for secondary schools and young persons.
11. Lots of CAFOD Olympic Activities can be found at:http://www.cafod.org.uk/extra/passiton/olympicactivities.html
A range of secondary teaching resources available free online have been developed linking social justice issues to the Olympics. They draw on CAFOD's work in a number of different countries including Colombia and Kenya.
• All to play for - an 'unfair game of handball' exploring global poverty issues
• Change your tune - how Kenyan hip hop is helping to change hearts and minds
• Olympic assembly - exploring CAFOD's work through an Olympics theme
• On your marks fundraiser - putting on events to raise awareness, peer education and Fund-raising
• Picture this - create your own photo-exhibition around the themes of sports,peace, leadership, family, dreams and aspirations
• Right on cue - exploring ways to resolve conflict
• Run the good race - exploring Olympic and Paralympic values, scripture and Catholic social teaching
• Olympics quiz - questions relating to social justice
• The perfect finish - using art to explore our hopes for the future
• Wake up and smell the coffee - pitch your fair trade or ethical product in a Dragon's Den style activity
• What's the story? - learn about CAFOD partners who use sport in development.
There are also teachers' notes giving a brief description of each resource.
12. Heroes and Heroines - Carrying the torch for a fairer world
Resource packs for primary and secondary schools preparing for 2012 Olympicshttp://www.bridgesglobal.org.uk/documents/HeroesandHeroinesPrimarywithInspireMark.pdf
The Olympic Games feature men and women from around the world who have become the best at their sport and succeeded, often against the odds. These packs - one for upper primary (ages 7-11) and one for lower secondary (ages 11-14) - feature heroes and heroines who have overcome great obstacles to make the world fairer. They use these inspiring people to explore the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship and the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality. They also examine other types of equality, including gender.
Activities include asking 'what makes a hero or heroine?' and 'why do we need heroes and heroines?' researching Olympic and Paralympic values; researching heroes and heroines from sports and from many other walks of life; reflecting on ways to take action that could be 'heroic'.
The aim is that these stories and the activities accompanying them will inspire pupils and students to undertake their own sporting or non-sporting 'heroic' actions and gain the skills they need to make the world fairer for all men and women and children.
13. Inspire-Aspire is a unique opportunity for young people to learn about Olympic and Paralympic
values and discover what lies behind the Olympic movement. It helps young people to develop a plan of action inspired by Olympic values and the character qualities demonstrated by Olympians and Paralympians. The activity offers the chance of a deeper, more personal connection with London 2012 and the chance build enduring aspirations for the future.http://www.inspire-aspire.org.uk/
14. BBC World Classhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/worldclass
Includes 2012 Assemblies pack and Olympics Dream Network with pupils’ letters on changing the world.
15. Send my Friend to School Campaign has the Olympic Theme Go for Gold.
Register for the free pack at http://www.sendmyfriend.org/take-action/order-schools-pack
16. Red Cross Teaching Resourceshttp://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Lesson-plans/Olympics-2012
Lesson plans made up of a collection of activities / discussion areas exploring aspects of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Come back to this page to find new activities in the months leading up to the event, or sign up for alerts via newsthink.
17. FAIR PLAY – a teaching pack about cocoa farming, fair trade, child labour, literacy & football, based on Tom Palmer’s book Off Side.http://www.papapaalive.org/worksheets/FairPlayPack.pdf
Many of the above resources were sourced on the following page; we recommend that you return to this link for new and further resources and ideas: http://www.globaldimension.org.uk/resources/search/?top=91
To find your nearest Development Education Centre, click here - http://www.ideas-forum.org.uk/resource_centres