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Turner helps with the Olympic Truce

WORKING TOGETHER: Hurdler Turner (centre) with Swanlea School pupils

AS PART of a day of celebrations, World Athletics Championship bronze medallist Andy Turner recently joined students at Swanlea School in Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets to launch London 2012’s Olympic Truce programme, the United Nations International Day of Peace.

The London 2012 Olympic Truce programme offers young people the chance to learn about the Olympic Truce and to take part in sporting and cultural activities which help promote the themes of the Olympic Truce in their schools and communities.

The Olympic Truce originated at the ancient Olympic Games when a truce was called to help athletes travel to and from the Games safely. The Olympic Truce was reintroduced to the modern Olympic Games in 1992 with the aim of using sport to help promote sport, conflict resolution and to build bridges between communities.

As part of the launch, students at Swanlea worked together to explore the themes of the Olympic Truce. They took part in a creative workshop to develop design ideas for a new London 2012 Olympic Truce pin badge and came up with ideas about how they can promote the themes of the Olympic Truce within their school and community.

They were the first school in the UK to use new resources designed to support young people in learning about the Olympic Truce.

The ‘Get Set for the Olympic Truce’ resources include films, assembly materials and activity ideas developed to encourage young people to debate and discuss the themes of the Olympic Truce and to promote friendship and mutual respect through sport or culture in their school. From today these resources will be made available to every school and college across the UK through Get Set goes global, a major new strand of Get Set, the official London 2012 Education Programme.

Students from Swanlea also had the opportunity to create a special short film focused on the theme of truce as part of the Film Nation Shorts initiative. To date, 24 films have been produced by young people and focused on the theme of truce through Film Nation Shorts.

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