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Youth Development

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee's Education Program is designed to stimulate interest in the Olympics and Paralympics amongst Japanese schoolchildren. The topics including how the Games originated, what they stand for and their impact on Japan.

Tokyo 2020's Education Programme is called the "Yoi Don! Program" in Japanese. Yoi Don! means "Get Set" in English and depicts the readiness of the young people of Japan to embrace the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Under this Program, Tokyo 2020 will be producing and supplying educational materials to participating schools. A web portal offering a range of resource materials for teachers to use, including ideas for activities and projects, and films focusing on Olympic and Paralympic values. Teachers will also be able to share their work and ideas and collaborate with each other through the site.

Tokyo 2020 aims to certify schools in every prefecture of Japan by 2020 as participants in its Education Programme. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government kicked off its own Olympics and Paralympics education drive at schools in Tokyo.

One of these schools, Ochanomizu Elementary School, has already started to give its students a chance to broaden their perspective of different cultures. Prompted by its location in an area of the city with a significant Russian population and a 19th century Russian Orthodox Church, the school reached out to the local Russian community. The students met with Russian children and both groups of students demonstrated different aspects of their respective cultures.

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