Vancouver 2010 to connect with students and teachers across Canada through an online education portal:

    VICTORIA, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Students and teachers in classrooms across
Canada now have a direct link to Vancouver 2010, the positive influence of the
Olympic and Paralympic Movements and the three pillars of sport, culture and
sustainability through an online, bilingual e-magazine ('e-zine') and portal
located at This new portal on the Internet, known as
/EDU, serves as the foundation for what is expected to become a lively online
interactive community - one that will connect teachers, students (from
kindergarten through grade 12) and schools, while celebrating the spirit of
the 2010 Winter Games.
    In its initial stages, the /EDU portal at will
target Canadian schools, teachers and students looking to build content and
maximize opportunities to showcase local and national education resources. In
the coming weeks, a teachers' forum moderated by the University of British
Columbia will come online at /EDU. Also among its many offerings, /EDU
provides links to programs affiliated with non-profit organizations including
the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee
(CPC), as well as Canadian museums, environmental groups and arts and culture
    Education programs are integral to the mandate of the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
With the support of the BC Ministry of Education, VANOC is working with
representatives from each of the 13 ministries responsible for education in
Canada. Each ministry has agreed to work with VANOC to inform and involve
teachers in the program; identify the best education resources in sport,
culture and sustainability; and collaborate on the development of new
educational resources as opportunities arise.
    "Vancouver 2010 creates a climate of possibility that helps us discover
the greatness inside ourselves," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive
Officer. "Through the Vancouver 2010 website, /EDU will connect students to
students, teachers to teachers and schools to schools from across Canada. It
will provide them with Olympic and Paralympic resources to help them set their
own podiums and identify their own dreams."
    To celebrate the launch of /EDU, VANOC and the Province of BC were joined
today, in Victoria, by ministers responsible for education from provinces and
territories from across Canada, along with other Canadian education
professionals. /EDU was introduced today in advance of a regular meeting of
the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) by the Honourable Shirley
Bond, Minister of Education from British Columbia, together with Terry Wright
of VANOC, executive vice president of service operations and ceremonies.
    "As the Host Province of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, BC
is pleased to support /EDU because school is a great place to learn about the
Games, sport and fitness, culture and the arts, and sustainable living" said
Minister Bond. "This has been a commendable cooperative effort between VANOC
and all of Canada's provinces and territories that can benefit Canada and
every student, teacher and school in the country."
    "We were very pleased to be given an opportunity for input into this
fantastic resource for students and teachers, including links to educational
resources our province offers," Saskatchewan Learning Minister Deb Higgins
said. "Providing opportunities to bring the excitement and energy of the Games
into our classrooms is an important way of encouraging participation in sport,
culture and environmental, social and economic sustainability activities here
at home in Saskatchewan."
    "Canada has a history as an innovator in Olympic and Paralympic education
and as a leader in developing online learning and resources for teachers,"
said Wright, on behalf of VANOC. "I'm pleased to be able to say that /EDU is
the first-ever fully online, interactive Olympic and Paralympic Games
    With the launch of /EDU, Vancouver 2010 continues a Canadian trend,
leading the way with Olympic and Paralympic education. Beginning with the
first-ever education program, produced for the Montreal 1976 Summer Games, and
a very successful Olympic education program with the Calgary 1988 Winter
Games, /EDU sets a new benchmark with its interactive capabilities and access
to cutting-edge education resources and programming - tools available in
provinces and territories across Canada.
    "The /EDU program of the 2010 Games is a tremendous gift to Canadian
educators and students. Canada's National Arts Centre is also committed to
providing learning tools in the classroom because we have seen first-hand the
benefits to young people from an early and sustained exposure to the arts",
said President and CEO of the National Arts Centre, Peter Herrndorf. "The
parallels between art and sport are many....the discipline they require, the
focus they instill, the passion they inspire. Congratulations to the
organizers of Vancouver 2010 for this wonderful initiative."
    "We're supportive of VANOC's on-line education program /EDU because much
like the athletes who compete at the Canada Games, each Province and Territory
can show what they have to offer" said Sue Hylland, President and CEO of the
Canada Games Council. "/EDU is also a means of bringing sport and many other
aspects of the 2010 Winter Games into communities across Canada through youth
in the classroom, a goal that we already support through our outreach to youth
in schools."
    Looking ahead, beyond next year's Beijing 2008 Summer Games, /EDU will be
expanded to international student and teacher audiences, so they can fully
experience /EDU and its innovative Canadian content.
    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 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Chris Brumwell, Director, Media
Relations, VANOC, (778) 328-6269,; Leya
Moore, Communications Consultant, Saskatchewan Learning, (306) 787-1069,; Jayne Watson, Director, Communications and Public
Affairs, Canada's National Arts Centre, (613) 947-7000 ext 260,; Patrick Kenny, Director of Marketing and Communications,
Canada Games Council, (613) 295-7160,

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