GE volunteers support London 2012 with interactive workshops
LONDON, 2nd March 2009 - GE, a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, is working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to help schools take part in the official London 2012 education programme 'Get Set'.
In March, GE volunteers and London 2012 staff will run a series of interactive workshops with schools in Prestwick, Cornwall, Amersham and London. The workshops are designed to give an introduction to the programme and get students thinking about the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Students will also get a sneak preview of the Get Set network which officially launches later in the month. Initially 40 schools across the country, 10 in each area will be involved, but it is likely that the programme will be rolled out more widely later in the year.
Says Ros Atterwill, GE's UK Corporate Communications Manager: "Get Set is a Values based programme and the Values very much reflect GE's own culture. Our staff have been very keen to support this programme and bring it to life in local schools."
Eight to ten young people from each local school are invited to attend the GE workshops together with two pupils from an older age group who can help mentor the younger ones in developing and communicating 'Get Set' in school. Up to two senior members of staff from each school may also attend.
Through the workshop students will be empowered to lead their school's involvement in the London 2012 Games. They will plan initiatives and activities inspired by the Games and learn how to use them to join the Get Set network.
Continues Ros Atterwill "The workshops will provide pupils with lots of interesting content but it is when they get back to their schools that the real work begins. Those who decide they want to get involved in the programme will be encouraged to work with their schools' senior management to ensure the Values come to life in their school."
Nick Fuller, Head of Education at the London 2012 Organising Committee said:
"GE is lending valuable staff time and expertise to bring 'Get Set' and the London 2012 Games alive for children and young people in areas around their major UK sites. Volunteering and education underpin the Olympic and Paralympic movements and through this programme GE is bringing to bear a powerful combination of both for the benefit of their staff and local communities."
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GE Corporate Executive Director - Communications