On 27 July 2012, the eyes of the world will be on London as the Host City of the London 2012 Games – the greatest celebration of sport and culture in the world.
How do you think the London 2012 Games will help to promote world peace and cultural understanding?
For more information on the history of the Olympic Truce go to the fact file
There is evidence to suggest that the Truce was respected with only a small number of exceptions for more than 1,200 years. It has therefore been the longest peace accord in history. The Olympic Truce was revived for the modern Games in 1992. Since then the International Olympic Committee has asked each host nation to declare a Truce.
You will find some follow up discussion and debate ideas based on the film in the Get Set for the Olympic Torch Educators area.
This could be an engaging and ‘real’ project for the Student Voice Committee to spearhead. Or, you could ask for volunteers to form a special ‘Truce team’ to get talking and planning about the Olympic Truce and its relevance to London 2012 and their own lives.
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The Olympic Truce
London 2012 ... bringing up the world together Get Set goes global 2
Helping to build a more peaceful world through sportAthletes from around 205 Olympicteams and 170 Paralympic teamsfrom all over the world will takepart in the London 2012 Games.These athletes will:•Strive to be the best they can be… Get Set goes global 3
....and compete fairly and live bythe Olympic Values:•Friendship•Respect•Excellence....and the Paralympic Values:•Courage•Determination•Inspiration•Equality Get Set goes global 4
Peace and friendshipAthletes and spectators will putaside their differences andconflicts – even if their countriesare at war.They will relax, eat and socialisetogether in the Athletes’ Village.New friendships will be made. Get Set goes global 5
The Olympic Truce… sports bring the world togetherAthletes and spectators will beable to enjoy the Games inpeace.They will be able to travel to andfrom the events safely.This hasn’t always been thecase… Get Set goes global 6
Origins of the Olympic Truce• The Truce can be traced back to the Ancient Games in Greece• Many regions were at war and it was dangerous to travel to the Games Get Set goes global 7
Truce at the AncientOlympic Games In 884 BC a treaty was signed by the rulers of three regions in Greece, calling for a ‘truce’ during the Olympic Games. The Truce meant athletes and spectators could travel to and from the Games safely. Get Set goes global 8
The Olympic Truce TodayThe London 2012 Olympic andParalympic Games really will bebringing the world together in aspirit of peace, hope andfriendship. Get Set goes global 9
The Olympic Truce and Us• How can we show friendship in our school and our community?• Are there ways we could learn to understand each other better?• How do we welcome visitors and new students to our school? Get Set goes global 10
The Olympic Truce and Us• How can we use sport or culture to promote the Olympic Truce and to promote peace?• How can we make other people aware of the Olympic Truce and our activities?• Who will take the lead in our Olympic Truce activities? Get Set goes global 11