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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd March 2010
Ministry of Education
A group of five B.C. students is seeking out gold-medal Olympic and Paralympic moments from athletes, teachers, journalists and elected officials at the legislature today, as they prepare to pass on the education legacy from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to future host countries during the final Sharing the Dream webcast on Thursday.

"Our students and educators have used the 2010 Games to create a truly global learning experience," said Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Education. "This interview opportunity will help these students as they prepare to pass the torch of global citizenship and the legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic education programs to U.K. students for London 2012."

The five high school students are part of the Sharing the Dream webcast team, a group of students who have been leading live webcasts during 2009-10, connecting thousands of participants from across the globe. Today, as part of their research for their final webcast with students from the U.K., they will have the opportunity to learn from the following people:

* Ida Chong, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport
* Sean Leslie, reporter with CKNW
* Ryan Cochrane, 2008 Olympic swimmer and bronze-medal winner
* Lauren Groves, 2008 Olympic triathlete
* Deb Whitten, vice-principal at Claremont Secondary school, 1992 Olympic field hockey athlete and 2010 Olympic Winter Games torchbearer

"The education programs that were developed for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games helped our students learn and embrace sport and healthy living, culture, global citizenship, sustainability, Olympism and Paralympism," said Ida Chong, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport.

March 22-26 is Education Week. As part of this week, B.C. students are passing on the education legacy of the 2010 Winter Games to the U.K, which will host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The British Columbia education programs developed by the B.C. Ministry of Education, VANOC and others included Adopt a Country, the Pan Canadian Paralympic School Week (Nov. 2-6, 2009), Sharing the Dream lesson starters, 2010 Spirit Schools, the Student Reporter program, Student Welcome Cards and /EDU, the Canadian School Portal for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The final Sharing the Dream webcast, Passing the Torch of Global Citizenship: Vancouver 2010 - London 2012, takes place on Thursday, March 25 at 8:30 a.m. PST. It will include special guest speakers John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee and Jonathan Edwards, athlete representative to the board of the London 2012 Organizing Committee and Olympic triple jump champion.

Students participating in B.C., Canada, the U.K. and the rest of the world will have the opportunity to listen to Furlong and Edwards speak, and then discuss ideas related to global citizenship. The focus will be on what B.C. students learned during 2010, their memories and favourite moments, what it means to be a global citizen, and the dreams of London youth for 2012. To participate in the webcast, visit www.sharingthedream.gov.bc.ca.

The government is working to make B.C. the best-educated, most-literate jurisdiction on the continent. Since 2000-01, the Province has increased funding to B.C. public schools by more than $1.3 billion: $919 million in operating grants and $407 million in one-time grants. To date, the number of students in the system has declined by more than 56,000.