The awards ceremony for the finalists of the "One School - One Country" Program which helps educate youngsters about Olympic and Paralympic sporting traditions has taken place in the city of Sochi. The program helps to introduce Russian schoolchildren to the best sporting traditions of those countries participating in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 1,500 people, representing 50 schools from the Russian Federation, took part in the ceremony as winners of the All-Russian Competition "Sochi 2014 Teacher" and the "One School - One Country" Program. Following the presentation of the honorary diplomas and memorabilia featuring the Olympic symbol, winning teachers and their pupils presented their projects and spoke about their experience.
An interactive exhibition of school projects about the collaborative work with athletes and the pupils' peers from other countries took place as part of the celebrations. Master classes, as well as game tournaments and quizzes on the Olympic and Paralympic Movement were also held. An exhibition of children's drawings allowed guests and participants to become better acquainted with the different types of Olympic winter sports.
EF English First, an official Supplier to the Games in Sochi, took part in the Ceremony. EF specialists conducted classes for pupils and offered access cards for English language learning tools as well as souvenir sets to all finalists.
The "One School - One Country" Program, carried out with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, saw not just individuals but entire schools who presented their collaborative network projects. Thanks to the Program, Russian teachers and pupils were able to establish a regular dialogue with representatives from 53 countries. With the support of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, 40 National Olympic and Paralympic Committees took part in the Program. All participants communicated not only by written correspondence, but also by organized face-to-face meetings and video conference calls.
Notes to the Editor
The "One School - One Country" Program, which is an International Olympic Committee initiative, is traditionally held by the host cities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim of the Program is to familiarize school children with the traditions, culture, and sports of the countries participating in the Olympic and Paralympic Games over the years through real-life communication with athletes and peers from other countries, and to develop mutual understanding and cooperation between people from different countries during the preparations and staging of the 2014 Games in Sochi.
The "One School, One Country" program was launched in Sochi on April 1, 2012. At that time, each of the 67 schools in Sochi selected one or two countries participating in the upcoming 2014 Winter Games (119 countries in total), and in the framework of extra-curricular work, they began to learn about each country's Olympic and Paralympic history, sports achievements and culture. In 2013, education institutions from other Russian cities as well as individual Russian and foreign citizens were able to become involved in this unique Program.