Olympic Games Bid
Pupils compete for
successful bid in Leicester
Botanica Simulation Project Days: The University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Oadby, June 25 and 26, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
London imminently awaits a decision as to whether or not a bid will go in for it
to host the Olympic Games in 2012, pupils from 11 schools in Leicester City are
faced with making a similar decision.
two days in June the University of Leicester Botanic Garden will turn into two
developing countries which have been invited to bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Over 400 pupils from the city's secondary schools will take part in the
simulation exploring the issues which arise in developing countries when they
are presented with the opportunity of hosting a large international sporting
event. Government officials and interest
groups in each country will seek to create alliances and persuade each other of
their viewpoints. Each day ends
with a secret ballot of all citizens to decide whether they support the
'International Olympic Committee' has insisted that the bidding Governments’
security forces undergo an independent review and none other than the
Leicestershire Constabulary have been drafted in to ensure good practice leading up to and during the Games.
project is part of the innovative education programme at the University of
Leicester Botanic Garden. It is being run
as part of the city's Gifted and Talented Programmes. Other local organisations,
such as the JUST shop, the Masaya Link Group, Christian Aid, Setpoint, the
School of Education and of course the Leicestershire Constabulary itself, in the
form of its Youth Involvement Officers offer extra challenges to the children,
Adults, Year 10 and Year 7 and 8 students work alongside each other as
co-learners. As well as developing
students' knowledge of environmental and development issues, it enables them to
practise skills of communication, team-work and decision-making.
the pupils involved have been attending study support sessions in their schools,
learning about their fictitious country, their roles within it and planning
their activities for the day.
Saturday, June 28 pupils acting as Government Representatives from each country
will be working at one of Leicester's City Learning Centres to produce their bid
to put before the 'International Olympic Committee' which includes Sarah Blanks
from the Great Britain Women's Hockey Team. They
will make their judgement at the Walkers Stadium on Friday, July 4.
project is funded by Excellence in Cities. Christian
Aid and Oxfam have also supported the programme.
Simulation Project Days: The University
of Leicester Botanic Gardens, Oadby, June 25 and 26, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm.
Preparation: The City Learning Centre, 28 June 9.00am - 12.00pm.
presented to the 'IOC': The Walkers Stadium, July 4.
involved: Year 7, 8 and 10 students from
Fullhurst Community College, Lancaster, Moat, Rushey Mead, Sir Jonathan North,
Beaumont Leys, City of Leicester, Crown Hills, Riverside, St Pauls, Judgemeadow
PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES and further information contact:
Stock, Leicester City Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator,
telephone 0116 2211629
Baughan, University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Gornall, Director of the Botanic Garden
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