Academic education category is focused on developing programmes for educational institutions, schools and universities. These will encompass not only PE, history and geography lessons devoted to the Olympics and Paralympics in schools, but also the development of educational modules for students in higher education institutions.
11 teaching packages covering such disciplines as literature, history, geography, art, music, foreign languages etc. have been successfully tested at schools of Sochi and are now ready to be integrated into school curriculum across Russia.
In 2010 the Sochi Organizing Committee in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation held the first Russia-wide "Sochi 2014 Teacher" Contest. Memorable gifts from the Partners of Sochi 2014 were awarded to the winners of the contest at a ceremony with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation that took place on December 17, 2010. The Laureates of the contest united into a public teaching community “Sochi 2014 Teacher” and dedicated social networking websites were created to extend the geography of communications.
The second round of the Russia-wide Sochi 2014 Teacher Contest taking place in 2011 is featuring broader coverage. This time not only school teachers but also university and college teachers are welcome to participate. The participants can choose to compete for one out of four nominations announced by the Organizing Committee: "Activity – Philosophy – Profession", “My Choice”, "Journey around the countries participating in the Olympic Games" and “Courage, Equality, Determination, Inspiration”. The deadline for the submission of applications for the Contest is October 15, 2011.
The Organizing Committee has connected the leading Russian institutes and universities by initiating the signature of the Declaration in support of Russia’s first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In 2010 those who joined the Declaration submitted their bids for foundation of dedicated volunteer centers. Based on the results of the contest 26 institutes and universities were selected to become organization and performance centers for volunteers. Education Department played an active role in bringing in its expertise and organizing deep dives in Olympics and Paralympics for these institutes and universities.