To mark International Children's Day, school children in Sochi have been shown highlights of the Organizing Committee's "One School - One Country" program. In Riviera central park in Sochi, children were given the opportunity to find out more about countries taking part in the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and discovered the culture and traditions of countries including England, Japan, America, Germany and Kazakhstan.
In total, 67 schools across Sochi took part, with over 2,500 children attending the event.
Master classes, competitions, quizzes, sports relays, songs and dances took place. The event also showcased the best works from the "Sochi 2014 - Games of Peace" drawing contest, dedicated to promoting Olympic values.
The "One School - One Country" program has gathered support from 39 National Olympic Committees and 1 National Paralympic Committee (Denmark) since its launch last year. Correspondence in addition to video conference calls and TV link-ups let children get acquainted with Olympic national teams, intended to take part in 2014 Games. This project help build excitement in the Olympic host city in the lead-up to the Games.
The success of the program can be seen in a trip to the Ukraine for school children studying the country. Children from a middle school in Sochi learnt about the history, culture and traditions of the Ukraine and were subsequently invited by the NOC to take part in “Junior Olympic” events.
Notes to the Editor
The "One School - One Country" program is an International Olympic Committee initiative that 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 to develop mutual understanding and cooperation between people from different countries during the preparations and staging of the 2014 Games in Sochi.
In Sochi, the "One School - One Country" educational and awareness program was developed and implemented by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the City Administration of Sochi. As part of the program, each of the 67 schools in Sochi studies the Olympic history and culture of one of the countries participating in the Winter Games of 2014.
During the program, the pupils and teachers prepare projects and presentations on the Olympics and hold competitions and quizzes related to the chosen country. All the projects prepared by the pupils will be shown at the final event the "One School - One Country" Festival in September, 2013.
Schools that obtain the best results in the Program will be given the honor of meeting the teams of the countries they studied, when the latter arrive at the Games in February and March 2014.