As part of International Children's Book Day on April 2, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has unveiled a new information resource the Sochi 2014 Alphabet and organized a meeting for schoolchildren in Sochi with famous athletes, who told the children about their favorite books.
The Sochi 2014 Alphabet is a new product for the Sochi 2014 education system. It is an awareness project aimed at familiarizing web users with the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in an entertaining format. It consists of an online reference guide, in which key terms from the Olympic and Paralympic Movements are set out in alphabetical order.
The Sochi 2014 Alphabet is designed to provide edutainment rather than being a dry selection of numbers and facts. It consists of a whole host of interesting stories in which sport is just one component. Readers will find out about significant historical facts and also about lesser-known (and often bizarre) stories related to the Games.
There are Russian and English versions of the Alphabet. You can find out all about the Games from A to Z by following the link: www.sochi2014.com/en/games/education/alphabet/
On April 2 a meeting took place in Sochi between schoolchildren and famous Russian athletes, who presented approximately 500 books to the libraries of the winning schools in the "Olympic Movement Connoisseurs" quiz.
The children were visited by the Russian biathlon champion Aleksei Kobelev; Artem Detyshev, a member of Russia's Olympic speed-skating team at the Turin Olympics; and Normunds Kotans, who has competed in stages of the European Cup and Junior World Championships and been a member of the Latvian national bobsleigh team for five years. The sports stars told the children about the books that had helped them to be successful in life, taught them to achieve the goals they had set themselves, and influenced their choice of profession. Joining the athletes in their visit to see the schoolchildren were Sochi 2014 volunteers.
On the same day, literary exhibitions with a sports-related theme were arranged in all of Sochi's libraries, along with readings and discussions. An incredible variety of topics were discussed, including how to get young people interested in reading and how to teach schoolchildren to gather knowledge and experience from literature.
Notes to the Editor
On April 2, the world marks International Children's Book Day, highlighting the enduring role of books in shaping a person's character. The celebration, which was instituted in 1967 on the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, has for almost 50 years been bringing together millions of people who recognize the importance of books in the modern world. International Children's Book Day was initiated by the German writer Jella Lepman.