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08 Jun 2005
Olympic News

TORINO 2006: New Website Dedicated To Students And Teachers

The education department of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) has launched a “virtual Olympic Village for young people”: The website, which is available in Italian, English and French, has been designed with school students in mind and allows both students and teachers to learn about Olympism and the Olympic Winter Games.

Five Sections And Five Virtual Hosts
The website has two main sections, one just for kids and the other for teachers, which are subdivided into five colour-coded areas: red for sports culture, green for the environment, yellow for technology, black for inter-culture and light blue for health education. Each section also has its own virtual host, who helps to explain the ideas presented in their area and who acts as a “special correspondent” for Torino 2006 mascots Neve and Gliz.

One School One Country
The kidsvillage website contains many initiatives for schools and students to get involved in the Games. Although some are aimed specifically at Italian schools, there is also a twinning project between schools in Piedmont and schools from countries that are taking part in the XX Olympic Winter Games. The programme, called “One School One Country,” aims to encourage collaborations and cooperation between Italian and foreign schools in order to promote the development of sports culture and tourism, as well as the spread of science, technology, human rights and culture. There are currently 74 Piedmont schools twinned with schools in 31 countries, involving over 6,000 students. The twinned schools in Piedmont will also take part in a welcome and reception programme for foreign athletes and teams.

Finally, the website comprises an area entitled Emotion, which offers pure fun and games. It proposes a rich selection of games, virtual postcards, logos, gadgets and a lot more fun things that will allow the younger visitors to the site to have fun while learning at the same time.

The XX Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.

Learn more on Torino 2006
Official website of Turin 2006
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