The Olympic Week in Schools in 2022 was the so far largest edition in Greece, with the participation of 2,882 schools and 92,829 thousand students. The goal of the week was to highlight the educational and training value of the Olympic Games through different activities. Students and pupils discovered and celebrated as one the Olympic Values of friendship, respect, and excellence and learned more about the focus of this year which was on the environment and climate change.
Through a stunning virtual trip through the history of the Olympic Games, the students had the opportunity to meet honoured Greek athletes and have a tour of the Stadium, the Museum of Ancient Olympia, the Olympic Museums of Athens, the Olympic Museum of Thessaloniki, and the Athens Olympic Sports Complex.
150 children from different schools across the country – one from each educational district – were chosen and participated in a 3-day educational programme offered by the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the Hellenic Olympic Academy at the renovated IOA facilities.
The young people got to experience and channel the principles and values of Olympism in an unforgettable and unique way. Through the stunning ancient Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games were born, the students had a guided tour of the Archaeological site and the Museum of Ancient Olympia. At the place where the Olympic Games started, they laid a wreath at the monument of Pierre de Coubertin, had a tour at the Historical Archive of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in 2004 and painted their message for Peace.
On World Environment Day, all students celebrated together in the enchanting forest of Foloi – which is a protected area by the NATURA 2000 Network – where they contributed to cleaning the forest and collecting rubbish away.
At the Amphitheatre of the Hellenic Olympic Committee was a joyful awards ceremony for the artistic creation competitions within the framework of the Olympic week in schools. The young artists arrived from every corner of Greece and were awarded with a smile on their faces!