Commonwealth Games 2014: Class of 2014
Project Executive, Commonwealth Games 2014
I wanted to write another Commonwealth Games update to let you know that today we launch the first online debate of Commonwealth Class. This is an exciting new collaboration with the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide teaching resources and activities linked to the curriculum for schools who want to learn more about the Commonwealth, as well as celebrating its values by being active and responsible global citizens.
School pupils aged 7-14 years old from around the world who get involved will be able to join our fortnightly debates by emailing their opinions which we will then publish online. They will also be able to download the education pack which has been put together by the British Council, which offers lesson plans on themes such as ‘Down the Line’ which relates to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding.
Today’s launch debate features a film with Usain Bolt’s inspiring PE teacher and asks pupils: ‘who or what inspires you to achieve?’ Schools can take part by emailing commonwealthclass [@] bbc.co.uk or visiting the website. We hope to see many BBC teams from across the UK getting their programmes involved with this over the course of the next year.
This week we are also starting the assessments and interviews for our next ten apprentices who will work in BBC Scotland to help deliver content across all genres for the Commonwealth Games. They will start with us full-time in September this year and will have a really exciting year ahead.
l-r: Sebastian Walls, Hilary Whitley, Barry Shaw, Chris O’Rourke, Lisa Graham, Cairi Swainson, Nicki Macgregor, James McAlpine (not pictured: Scott Currie & Ben McCormack)
Our current apprentices have come so far since their first day with us last year and have just completed their college qualification. Several of them will be working on our Edinburgh Festivals coverage; Hilary and Sebastian recently co-hosted BBC Radio Scotland’s mid-morning MacAulay & Co; and Barry, Cairi and Hilary have also just become tour guides for our headquarters at Pacific Quay.
Lots of discussions and ideas are developing regarding our cultural and events output over the coming year related to the Commonwealth Games. There are lots of plans coming together from across the BBC for this but we expect to see even more programme teams come on board with their ideas over the next few months and I’m looking forward to being able to share more with you about that soon.
Over the next couple of months we will be able to share with you more details regarding the ambition of delivering a Cultural hub in Glasgow and our coverage of the Queen’s Baton Relay.
Sharon Mair is Project Executive, Commonwealth Games 2014