Vancouver 2010 Education Program expands

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - The web-based Vancouver 2010 Education Program
has expanded to include two new initiatives that are designed to connect
teachers and students in B.C. and across Canada to the Olympic and Paralympic
Movements and to the 2010 Winter Games, Education Minister Shirley Bond and
John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer for the Vancouver Organizing Committee
for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced today.
    "Whenever I talk to students in British Columbia, they want to know more
about the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Bond. "With the Olympic
and Paralympic Games coming to Canada, we want to ensure that students all
across the country have an opportunity to learn and be inspired through our
Vancouver 2010 Education Program."
    The first new program, the Pan-Canadian Paralympic School Week, will be
launched across the country on Nov. 3, 2008. The week-long program offers an
opportunity for students to learn about the Paralympic Movement, to explore
the significance of human interdependence, and to recognize and celebrate
wide-ranging examples of Paralympian achievements. The curriculum, developed
by the B.C. Ministry of Education in partnership with the Canadian Paralympic
Committee and VANOC, is inspired by VANOC's Paralympic School Day, which
engages students and guest Paralympians in Paralympic-style sports, such as
ice sledge hockey, cross-country skiing or wheelchair curling. An educator
guide is now available online to help teachers plan activities and events at
their schools during that week.
    On Nov. 12, 2008, the Ministry of Education is launching its Sharing the
Dream Webcast Series with its first student-led webcast interview with Olympic
gold medallist Carol Huynh in Coquitlam. Students on-site will interview Huynh
while students across the country will be able to log-on to view the webcast
and email questions to contribute to the discussion. Following the webcast,
discussions will continue through the TakingITGlobal website, which will
connect Canadian students with students from around the world to help them all
become global citizens.
    "The Games have the unique power to positively inspire our youth through
sport and culture and we encourage educators and students in B.C. and across
Canada to visit our website and get involved in the spirit of the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Furlong. "We want Canada to
stand as a shining example of what can be accomplished for the youth of a
country when a nation learns, plays and grows together."
    The Vancouver 2010 Education Program components are hosted on the
Vancouver 2010 website at The site features
additional information on the Pan-Canadian Paralympic School Week and Sharing
the Dream initiatives, as well as other interactive programs connected to
school curricula and student interests. Schools also have the opportunity to
share their stories and showcase some of the exciting and innovative projects
that are happening in classrooms across Canada.
    "The Vancouver 2010 Education Program is the first totally web-based
program geared towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Bond. "The
program can be implemented anywhere in Canada, and we encourage schools to
participate in some of the exciting activities, including Paralympic-style
events and webcasts that connect students with Olympic athletes."

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit for more

For further information:

For further information: Public Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Education,
(250) 356-5963; Chris Brumwell, Vancouver 2010 Communications, tel: (778)

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