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Beijing students partner with schools worldwide for Olympics
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17:31, July 21, 2008

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More than 200 primary and secondary schools in Beijing have joined in a program called "heart to heart" as a part of an educational program for the Beijing Olympics. According to a press conference for the Beijing Olympics today, July 21, those schools have been in contact with 199 National Olympic Committees and partnered with schools from 161 NOCs.

Students from partnering “heart-to-heart" schools will greet the athletes at the Olympic Village and cheer for them at the Olympic venues, said Gao Hong, vice director of the Basic Education Department of the Ministry of Education at the press conference.
In addition, 556 schools from around China has been named model schools for the Olympic education program by the Education Ministry and the Organizing Committee of the Beijing Olympics (BOCOG). Among them, 200 are in Beijing.

"These model schools have set an example for other schools to follow in terms of promoting Olympic education,"said Gao.

Officials from two model schools introduced their experience of conducting Olympic education. Students are encouraged to spend more time on physical education and volunteer work to help children in rural areas. They also try to learn more about different countries in the world.

“Students are more open-minded and have an more international perspective. The Olympic education program will help build self-confidence and social responsibility,
said Wei Li, principal of the Beijing Huajiadi Experimental Elementary School, one model school.

Student representatives share their experiences in the program. Yuan Rishe, a student from Beijing No.65 Middle School, set up a "Green Bank" to fund a tree-planting campaign by recycling paper. About 1.38 million students joined the program and planted trees in Beijing and other parts of the country.

Li Xinyang, a student from Beijing No.4 Middle School, has become a torch bearer. Last year, she joined a trip to Tibet organized by the Lifeline Express Foundation. The purpose behind the trip was to offer free treatment for cataract patients there. She hopes that she can think of good ideas with her classmates about technological innovation for the Olympics.

By People's Daily Online

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