PyeongChang set to launch Olympic education programme

Schoolchildren throughout the Republic of Korea will soon be learning more about winter sports and the Olympic values as a result of a new partnership between PyeongChang and the Ministry of Education.

The initiative will supply schools with visual aids and other educational tools to encourage students and teachers to participate in winter sports and in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang. It will also support winter sports institutes, a sports career development programme for middle school students, and opportunities to gain career experience in sport.

“Our goal is to create an environment where students can experience the Olympic Winter Games directly and indirectly. We are confident to open ‘New Horizons’ for young students and leave a legacy by working closely with the Ministry of Education,” PyeongChang President Hee-beom Lee said.

The partnership between the Organising Committee and the Ministry was sealed with a memorandum of understanding signed by the PyeongChang President and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Joonsik Lee.

The Education Minister said, “Through our new partnership, we will work towards a common goal to further develop educational programmes and stage successful Games. The Ministry of Education will fully support PyeongChang to promote the Olympic Movement through educational and cultural activities.”

The agreement comes amid growing enthusiasm for the Games in the host country and beyond. The PyeongChang volunteer recruitment campaign resulted in four times more applicants than the number of volunteers needed, with offers of support from 145 countries.

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