ONOC President Mitchell encourages Pacific sport education stakeholders at micro-qualifications meeting

ONOC President, Robin Mitchell, has encouraged sports stakeholders from all over the Oceania continent to work together in assessing the three sports education micro-qualifications.

President Mitchell said it was the recommendation of an independent evaluation of the Oceania Sport Education Programme (OSEP) that kickstarted an accreditation and micro-qualifications process that has led to the first micro-qualification on sport management being examined.

Speaking about the history of ONOC’s flagship OSEP programme, President Mitchell mentioned how the concept “began in conversations from the early 1990s before Australian support formalised the programme.”

President Mitchell also commended the work of the ONOC Education Commission in the guidance rendered to OSEP over the years.

ONOC is working with the Pacific Community (SPC) in a partnership to deliver sport education micro-qualifications of OSEP courses.  OSEP originally customised its courses from the International Olympic Committee ‘s(IOC) sport education course to suit island needs and realities.

This work is being led by SPC’s Education Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP), which is one of nine divisions of SPC.

The current work and progress have also been championed and led by the ONOC Education Commission and the OSEP regional team, which was led by Sainimili Saukuru from 2007 to 2021. It is now headed by Meli Cavu.

President Mitchell said; “OSEP began when ONOC had only eight member National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the build-up to the SYDNEY 2000 Summer Olympic saw increase in membership.”

‍The current membership of ONOC stands at seventeen NOCs and six Associate Members.

In response, OSEP has evolved to meet the needs of ONOC members and sports federations.

Its latest iteration will add value to the OSEP qualifications and increase the recognition of alumni and graduates.

OSEP has led community-based sport education in the Pacific islands and territories, and is now at the point of having three out of fourteen micro-qualifications reviewed and endorsed by industry stakeholders at regional level.