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With Vancouver 2010, Olympic education goes online


Education and culture were the main catalysts that drove Pierre de Coubertin to revive the Olympic Games and to create the IOC. The Organising Committees for the Olympic Games have been playing an important role in the promotion of Olympic education for young people. Today, the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) takes up the challenge, launching an online educational tool that reaches out to schools and universities throughout Canada.

/EDU - a direct connection to Vancouver 2010
This new portal on the Internet, known as /EDU, is an online, interactive, bilingual e-magazine enabling teachers and students to learn more about Vancouver 2010, the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, and programmes in sport, culture and sustainability. It also shows how Olympic and Paralympic values not only underlie all aspects of the Games, but also extend to everyday life. Resources will be provided to help develop programmes that inspire children to explore all the facets of Olympism and Paralympism, as well as a wide range of materials related to sport, recreation and healthy lifestyles; culture, creativity and inter-cultural understanding; and various facets of sustainability. Without forgetting the online forum, where teachers will be able to exchange ideas and experiences with their colleagues across Canada and throughout the world. /EDU will connect teachers, students and schools, and celebrate the spirit of the 2010 Winter Games. /EDU consists of resources developed by teachers and non-profit associations across Canada, including the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Canadian museums, environmental groups, and arts and culture organisations, as well the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Organising Committees for the Beijing and London Games.

Olympic education, a Canadian trend
With the launch of /EDU, Vancouver 2010 continues a Canadian trend, which began with the first education programme, produced for the Montreal 1976 Summer Games, followed by an Olympic education programme with the Calgary 1988 Winter Games. Education programmes are integral to VANOCís mandate. With the support of the British Columbia Ministry of Education, VANOC is working with representatives from each of the 13 ministries responsible for education in Canada to identify the best education resources in sport, culture and sustainability and collaborate on the development of new educational resources as opportunities arise.


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