POSTED: December 21st 2012

Sochi 2014 teacher program gets high marks from SOCOG

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December 21 - The “Sochi 2014 Olympic Teacher" program received an A+ rating from the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Olympic Games (SOCOG) in Russia.

The report on the effort stated more than 10 million, about 77 percent of all Russian students in secondary education schools learned more about the Olympics. Fifteen Olympic committees from other countries helped Sochi with the educational effort and the largest supporters were Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

More than 10,000 teachers participated in the event. Russian teachers who did the most in the program were given the “Sochi 2014 Teacher” award. For the past three years this commendation has been given to teachers for outstanding efforts in the official Olympic Education Program.

An Expert Commission chose 12 teachers and 43 runners-up for nominations in:

• Most Successful Olympic Knowledge Ambassador. Those receiving this award demonstrated extensive use of Olympic resources as developed by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.

• Best Informative Media Project on the Olympic Theme. This was given to educators who used cross-platform media to educate students about the Olympics. The Internet, radio, TV and publications were used.

• Best Mass Sports Awareness Project. Students were told about and then participated in sporting events modeled on the Olympic trials.

• Best School in the "One School - One Country” Program. This special award was given to schools which best displayed unity in the Olympic spirit. One School - One Country is a program developed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is held in Olympic and Paralympic host cities. In Sochi, each school selected a country which will compete in the 2014 Games and studied that nation’s traditions, culture and sporting life.

On the first of September, a Russian publisher was given a special prize developed by the Sochi 2014 General Partner and Partner of the Sochi 2014 Education Program Rostelecom. The award was given for “the application of innovative technologies in theoretical teaching material.” The publication “School Sport” earned the award for the publishing house.

A complete list of winners and runners-up can be seen at .

All of the winners and runners-up are invited to see the Olympic venues and watch the coming Russian Short Track Championships. Those attending will ride a cable car to the summit of the Gornaya Karusel complex, a ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana.

Sochi’s education efforts were approved by the IOC. The overall program hopes to create a friendly atmosphere for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014.

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