Saying "yes" to Lausanne 2020 was an easy decision for us!

Mr. Bouquet presents the DGEO’s ambition with regards to the participation of Vaud’s schoolchildren!

Why did the DGEO decide to get involved in the Lausanne 2020 project?

Saying “yes” to Lausanne 2020 was an easy decision for us. Firstly, the scale of the Youth Olympic Games including their regional and international reach for the youth will allow us to involve the 90,000 students from our Canton’s compulsory education in this project. Secondly, its unique and exceptional character, combining a cultural and educational programme with a sports programme convinced us that this project was a perfect match with our mission. Finally, the fact that the Canton of Vaud and Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, hosts the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), more than 50 International Federations and even the Olympic Museum is an incredible opportunity that we could not let go of. Resources at our disposal to develop great pedagogical projects are however yet to be mobilised…

What legacy do you wish the Youth Olympic Games to leave to the youth of our region?

The role of the school goes way beyond the transfer of knowledge. Every day, our ambition is to provide our youth with the best chances to succeed. Our aim is that, at school, students learn to have confidence in themselves, to express themselves and to be proud of themselves. These elements are as important as the assimilation of knowledge.

Therefore, as with any major project such as the Youth Olympic Games, there is room for collective initiatives and personal realisations. The collective initiatives may enrich the shared memories, but the personal realisations allow young people to develop individual competences, awaken desires or even define one’s own ambitions.

This is the legacy that we wish to leave to the youth of our Canton: the possibility to contribute to a project that allows them to learn and to grow in a stimulating environment.

In what manner is the DGEO getting involved in the Lausanne 2020 project? How does this involvement fit within the DGEO’s daily activities?

Already during the candidature phase, the DGEO was indirectly involved through the presence of Mrs. Anne-Catherine Lyon, State Councillor, in the candidature committee. Following the election of Lausanne 2020 in Brasov (Romania) in July 2015, several meetings with the organising committee and its CEO, Mr. Ian Logan, took place to try to define together the best way to collaborate. Mr Logan had the opportunity to present the Lausanne 2020 project to all the heads of service in the Department of Education, Youth and Culture (DFJC).

Afterwards, the DGEO invited Mr. Logan to present his expectations to the directors of Vaud’s 90 schools. This conference provided the occasion to discuss the advancement of the project, the wishes of the organising committee and the possibility to make this event a unique opportunity for the Canton’s youth.

To supervise the project, the DGEO appointed two key individuals: a teaching collaborator and a school director. Regular meetings have and continue to allow us to keep track of progress and ensure that all of our initiatives are taking shape in a coordinated manner.

Speaking about initiatives, could you share with us a few examples of projects that the DGEO is thinking of implementing around Lausanne 2020?

The school world is full of ideas! Many concepts have been generated following brainstorming workshops during which more than two thirds of the schools of Vaud were present.

Firstly, we are thinking of developing thematic educational material that teachers will be able to use. The themes could relate to the history of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Values, ethics in sport, and also relate to topics currently being debated in the sports world, such as doping, governance and nationalism.

We would also like to explore a cultural dimension by developing language exchange programmes with schools in other countries. The Youth Olympic Games constitute a great opportunity to share different cultures and histories, through a variety of mediums, such as social media, Radiobus and the website.

On another note, we would like to meet with the International Federations based in Lausanne to discuss a potential collaboration, in which different sports can be presented and practiced.

Finally, we should not forget to mention the potential collaboration with specialised art and music universities to develop artistic programmes during the many ceremonies that will take place during the Youth Olympic Games.

To conclude, since you are directly connected with teachers and their students, can you tell us a bit more about how they welcome these projects?

Even though we are only in the reflection phase and still developing the projects, we can sense a real enthusiasm for these Games! There is strong interest coming from the schools to get actively involved in the Lausanne 2020 project. We are working hard to keep the ‘Olympic flame’ alive and to make it shine even brighter!