Under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is organising a conference about Olympic and Peace Education called Body2Mind in the auditorium of the Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) from 20 to 21 February 2014.

Manager of Education at 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, Hamda Al Mohannadi, said:

This conference is a first not only in Qatar, but the region as a whole, and I believe that creating such a platform for Olympic education while including all the stakeholders involved, will build a better understanding of the idea of peace and the ideology of Olympism.’

The presentations and panels on the first day focus on Olympic education, while on the second day workshops especially engage local educators in Qatar. Director of 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, Dr Christian Wacker, said:

Olympic education embodies a sports ethic by which it fulfils an integral educational objective. Here, two basic premises play a substantial role: The idea of peace and the ideology of Olympism, which encompasses the relationship between sport, culture and education.’

The conference sets the stage to present Olympic education programmes, discuss the philosophy behind them and create a platform for participants to network and learn from each other’s experiences. The conference will also be an opportunity for the guests to know more about the local institutions that are actively working to promote Olympic education in Qatar and across the MENA region, such as the Qatar Olympic Academy, the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Supreme Education Council and the Aspire Academy. Affiliated international organisations are the United Nations Office on Sports for Development & Peace, the International Olympic Academy, the International Olympic Truce Centre and the International School Sports Federation.

Originally known as Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is a member of the Olympic Museum Network, which currently unites 22 Olympic museums worldwide. It will be an experience with interactive exhibits, inspiring objects and unique activity areas and constantly updated and designed to educate and entertain guests, delivering sport from around the world. The museum demonstrates to the world that sport and Qatar are closely linked. As a local hub and a global magnet, it will attract a broad range of visitors from schools, families to tourists as well as visiting dignitaries and academic researchers. As a widely recognised national and international centre for sports history, heritage and knowledge 3-2-1 promotes and encourages academic research.

Admissions to the conference is free of charge.