Paralympic and Olympic Week take over FranceParalympians meet schoolchildren to promote the values of the Games and teach about Para sports 26 Jan 2018
The second edition of the Olympic and Paralympic week will take place all over France between Saturday, January 27, and February 3. During one week more than 300 schools will get involved in various acitivities including visits from some Paralympians, Olympians and ambassador of the Paris 2024 Games.
The Olympic and Paralympic week is the first official iniative involving the new Paris 2024 Organising Committe of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (OCOG). The official launch will take place in Vanves, near Paris in a school that took part in the Paris 2024 campaign.
During the week, three-time Paralympic champion Marie-Amelie le Fur will meet schoolchildren to share her story and talk about Paralympic sports. Le Fur won gold in the women's 100m T44 at London 2012 and in the women's long jump T44 and 400m T44 at Rio 2016.
Rio 2016 women's 100m T13 gold medallist Nantenin Keita will take part in the presentation of the Paris 2024 objectives in terms of education through sport. The presentation will take place on Monday, 29 January, and will count with the President of the Paris 2024 OCOG, Tony Estanguet, and the French ministers for Education, Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
Several schools have worked on the values, history, athletes and messages of the Games and will conclude their projects during this week. Other schools will introduce Olympic and Paralympic sports to students. While teachers will use the Games in classes like Maths, Geography, History and Biology.
Paris 2024 wants the Olympic and Paralympic week to be seen as a project that goes beyond the frontiers of sport to have an impact on society in terms of education, gender equality and accessibility.