Sochi gets flashy

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Sochi 2014 will hold a record–breaking educational flash–mob, the largest in Russian history. The initiative will encompass over 1,500 lessons dedicated to the 'Legacy of the 2014 Sochi Games' for 50,000 school students from 30 Russian cities.

The key goal of the initiative is to inform a wide range of school children about the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, get them acquainted with the concept of a barrier–free environment and educate them in all the ways to ensure that people with a disability are fully integrated in society. In total, over 500 people are going to serve as 'Olympic teachers'. The teachers will be made up from members of the 26 Sochi 2014 Volunteer Centres, Organising Committee staff and Games partners – Atos Origin, Procter & Gamble, Megafon, Rostelekom, Russian Railways, Volkswagen Group Rus, PwC, EF English First, Kommersant and Microsoft Rus. Alexander Zhukov, president of the Olympic Committee of Russia and Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 president and CEO, have taken part in demonstration lessons in Moscow. Chernyshenko took part in a lesson at the Dr. Roshal's clinic, with an audience of young patients. Oksana Domnina, the famous Russian ice skater and Sochi 2014 Ambassador, joined Chernyshenko in the class. Chernyshenko commented: " The record–breaking educational flash mob proves once again that the Games in Sochi is a unique project that is uniting the whole country. Hundreds of people are taking part in organizing Olympic lessons because they genuinely want to. Most of all I am happy that our volunteers are the main driving force behind the Olympic lessons. It would be impossible to stage the successful 2014 Games without their help. " The prospective teachers attended special training seminars organized by the Sochi 2014 Education Department. The sessions took place in Moscow and Sochi with the support of the Russian International Olympic University and were undertaken through online education in cooperation with regional volunteer centres. The Olympic lessons will be unique and interactive. The lessons are planned using an " EDU–tainment" philosophy, with interactive presentations on the history of the Olympic Movement. For example, the students of the Sochi State University Volunteer Centre will suggest the pupils research and find features of the Sochi 2014 Games legacy in everyday life. This may be carried out through a group of schoolchildren, accompanied by a volunteer, walking through the entrances and along the pathways at their school and evaluating the accessibility level for people with a disability. Another group will participate in an " Olympic Quiz" . Volunteers will also prepare intellectual and sports relay races for small childrenTo mark Back to School Day on 1 September, the first Sochi 2014 licensed product for school students has been released, which includes exercise books and notebooks featuring symbols of the Olympiad. On this year's Back to School Day, the Sochi 2014 Ambassador team has gained a new educational member – Yuri Vyazemsky, presenter of the Russian " Smarty Pants" quiz TV show and Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Mr. Vyazemsky will become a leader for Olympic education in the framework of his research and educational activities.

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