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07 Apr 2005
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A new website, of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin 2006 (TOROC) will make the Olympic Education Programme even more international. The site,, with its new graphic design is now available in English and French.

 “Important innovation”

“An important innovation,” says Maria Caire, Olympic Education Programme manager,  “which will make the site accessible in many other parts of the world, reflecting fully the purpose of our work over these years.”

For primary and secondary schools

The TOROC Education Programme was launched in 2002 with the aim of bringing the Games closer to primary and middle school children, allowing them to participate actively in the Olympic event through a series of activities. To achieve all this, the main tools have been the website and a teacher’s kit: a package providing teachers with information and suggestions for classroom activities on the topic of Olympic education.

“One school, one country”

The main activities of the Education Programme were so far the Sport Events at the start of this year, which involved some 27,000 students, as well as the project “One school one country”, which was initially set up during the Nagano Olympic Games. This twinning programme between schools in Piedmont and those in countries participating in the Olympic Games aims at bringing together schoolchildren from different countries, and enhancing sports culture, mutual understanding and friendship between peoples.

Climax during the Olympic Games

The climax of the project will be reached during the Olympic Games. Twinnings and exchanges will be organised, where twinned schools will welcome and host foreign athletes and teams. Last, but not least, the Olympic Education Programme during the Olympic and Paralympic Games will do its utmost to ensure student participation at the greatest possible number of sports events at reduced prices.

Essay and drawing competition

Between now and the Games period, there are obviously a host of other projects that will involve the schools, not only in Piedmont, but also embracing the rest of Italy and other countries too. A forthcoming essay and drawing competition, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with TOROC and the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), and sponsored by Visa and Sanpaolo, will offer prizes to the best entries, which will go to enrich the “Diario Olimpico” (Olympic Diary) for distribution to schools during the next school year.

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