Olympic Month is a project for primary school pupils, initiated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania, of the Republic of Lithuania, and the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee. Olympic Month is a vitamin for the society and an entertainment for thousands of primary school pupils.
The main purpose of this project is to encourage physical activity of pupils and youth. During Olympic Month that takes place in autumn, primary school learn about various sports and healthy lifestyle, are encouraged to actively spend their time during school breaks, and get an opportunity to try out various exercises and games.
Video from the Šiauliai “Dainai” progymnasium:
Teachers of schools participating in Olympic Month are provided with visual guidelines on conducting physical education lessons or activities during breaks between lessons, tips on physical activity, healthy nutrition, emotional intellect and other things.
“We have achieved a point where 20% of the Lithuanian children are overweight. Public surveys revealed that less than 10% of the Lithuanian children engage in sports everyday after school. Sport is the best medicine for fighting depression, it improves intellect and ensures better brain functions for learning and cognition. Physical activity can help avoid over 50 diseases, therefore the main goal of this project is to develop the youth’s habits of engaging in physical activity”, said the Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga during the project’s press conference.
During the first season (autumn of 2018), when the project was still called Olympic Week, it engaged 629 classes with about 12,000 Lithuanian pupils. At the end of the project, 10 classes were awarded with substantial sports- or active leisure-related prizes – from a trip to observe a match of the Lithuanian men’s national basketball team to lessons of street dancing, swimming or alpine skiing.
Moments from Olympic Week press conference at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania:
Winners of Olympic Week awarded with swimming and dancing lessons and a trip to a match of the Lithuanian men’s national basketball team:
The project received particularly good feedback. 92% of the participants had positive or very positive impressions, 99% of the teachers who submitted reports expressed the wish to participate in this project again next year.