The results of the All-Russian Contest "Sochi 2014 Olympic Teacher" were summarized in Sochi with the program receiving an A+ in its report. One of the program's key successes was its Russia-wide scope with 10 million schoolchildren from all over the country getting involved. 77% of all Russian pupils in secondary education took part and picked up extra knowledge about the Olympics.
Throughout 2012, 15 Olympic committees from all over the world have supported the Sochi 2014 Educational Program, among them NOCs of Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
The Russian teachers who contributed the most to the Program were awarded the “Sochi 2014 Teacher” award. This has become prominent over the last 3 years and it is awarded for the contribution to the development of the Olympic Education Program. In total, over 10,000 teachers presented their materials during the course of the contest. From among a large field of this year competitors, the Expert Commission selected 12 winning teachers and 43 runners-up in the following nominations:
• "Most successful Olympic knowledge ambassador" (work demonstrating the extent of educational resource implementation, developed by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and presented on the "Education" page);
• "Best informative media project on the Olympic theme" (development and implementation of various Internet projects, radio and television programs, and themed projects in publications);
• "Best mass sports awareness project" (staging of mass sporting events);
• The special category "Best school in the "One school - one country" program".
The list of the winners and runner-ups is available on the official Sochi 2014 web-site. Among the winners in 2012 were Sochi 2014 Volunteer Centers from Moscow and Sochi. Their students held the largest number of Olympic lessons and other events for schoolchildren and students.
All of the winners and runners-up in the project are being given a chance to see the Olympic venues, to watch the Russian Short Track Championships, to ride on a cable-car to the summit of the "Gornaya Karusel" complex (2230m above sea-level), and to visit the city of Sochi.
A special prize was instituted by the Sochi 2014 General Partner, and Partner of the Sochi 2014 Education Program, "Rostelecom", for "The application of innovative technologies in theoretical teaching material", which was awarded to the federal pedagogical publication "School Sport", published by the "First of September" publishing house. Rostelecom became an educational partner of Sochi 2014 in 2012, when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the eve of the 2012 Games in London with the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee. Thanks to this collaboration, after the conclusion of the 2012 summer Games work was arranged to introduce the Sochi 2014 educational programs in the Russian Federation's regions, for millions of schoolchildren and teachers around the country.
Notes to the editor
The "One school - one country" program, an International Olympic Committee’s initiative, is traditionally held by the host cities for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is aimed at familiarizing schoolchildren with the traditions, culture and sporting life of the countries that take have taken part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games over the years.
In Sochi, each school in the city chose one of the countries that are going to be competing in the 2014 Games, with the aim of studying its traditions, sporting achievements and culture. The program is focused less on independent study, and more on what can be learned from those involved in the Olympic Movement, and those intending to take part in the 2014 Games. Among the people in question are athletes representing the National Committees and leaders of sports unions and associations from various countries. The first trials of this kind of interaction have already taken place: pupils from one school have been regularly talking to Steven Mesler, the famous American bobsledder, after choosing the United States as the subject of their project.
The "Sochi 2014 Olympic Teacher" contest was launched on August 25, 2010. More than 2500 teachers from 76 Russian regions have taken part in it, from the Magadan Region to the Krasnodar Region, as well as teachers from Canada, Germany and Ukraine. 38 teachers from 10 Russian cities have been named as prizewinners in the contest.
The second round of the "Sochi 2014 Teacher" Contest came to an end on December 22, 2011. More than 3,000 teachers from 78 Russian regions and 4 countries - Germany, Canada, Bulgaria and Ukraine - took part in it. The 16 winners in the four contest categories, and 53 prizewinners, were selected by an expert commission from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Education system has been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its main objective is to spread Olympic and Paralympic ideals, in order to create an amicable atmosphere in which to stage the Olympic winter Games and Paralympic winter Games in 2014. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Education system is also designed to be integrated into the Russian education system, in order to provide pupils with a full understanding of the Olympic Movement and the sports industry in general. It will continue to be implemented in Russia even after 2014, thanks to the partnership between the Russian Olympic Committee and the General Partner of the Sochi Games, Rostelecom.