In preparation of the OCP 1 training workshop with South Asian NPCs in November in India, the Agitos Foundation—the International Paralympic Committee’s development arm—held its 3rd OCP 1 Educators Course in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from August 10-12, 2018.
The programme was aimed at teaching the educators from the Agitos Foundation and Asian NPC members to develop their delivering skills, assist the NPCs going through the OCP and implement it in their respective nations. Furthermore, representatives of the Asian Paralympic Committee (from Japan and UAE), Paralympic Committee India and Agitos Foundation staff learnt about the three OCP focus areas – Athlete Development, Marketing and Communication and Governance and Planning.
The sessions were delivered by Simon Jones, Master trainer for World Academy of Sports (WAoS) and the Agitos Foundation Development Manager Carolin Rickers. The WAoS works closely with Agitos Foundation on delivering Educational and Learning Programmes, helping to spread awareness of the Paralympic Movement across the globe.
“I have delivered a number of programmes for the Agitos Foundation and I am very humbled with the quality of the people who are taking part; they are often selfless people motivated to help others improve. This programme is designed to help develop their delivering skills. It is not about teaching them how to deliver but rather allowing them to experience and practice a different methodology of teaching,” said Jones.
The participants shared their excitement at attending the training programme, calling it a “new experience” and “interactive”.
APC representative Naoe Yasuoka added: “I enjoyed all the sessions. They were very informative and interactive. I want to implement my learning from here in workshops first and if I am certified then, I will try to co-operate with the NPC in Japan and other Asian nations.”
The Agitos Foundation along with IPC Academy is aiming to deliver the OCP Level 1 programme to 120 NPCs by 2020. So far 68 NPCs have started the OCP level 1, which is supported by the IPC’s Worldwide Paralympic Partnership with Toyota.