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Monday 27 September 2010, 13:00
I'm sitting here writing this blog because - as a child of seven - I was inspired by Tomorrow's World. Presenters like Raymond Baxter told stories and did experiments that made me want to study science at school and take a degree in metallurgy. I broke off my PhD to join the BBC Science Department and in 1997 I came full circle when I took over as editor of Tomorrow's World.
So the BBC set me on a journey of discovery that has shaped my whole life. And there are tens of thousands of people all over this country who have similar stories - of how particular programmes sparked their curiosity, inspired a lifelong passion, gave them basic skills or kindled an ambition. And today, when we launch the new strategy for learning at the BBC, it's those stories that have inspired our vision.
We want everyone in the UK to have a story about how the BBC enriched their lives. Which is why our new educational vision for the BBC is simple: we want to inspire a life full of learning for all our audiences.
That's because learning transforms lives, opens windows onto unfamiliar people, places and cultures, increases knowledge, expands the imagination, and nourishes communities. It changes people and makes the world a better place.
The BBC has been committed to learning ever since the first schools broadcast in 1924. And the desire to inspire and help and increase understanding drives much of our output. We already do a huge amount, but I believe we can do much more.
At the heart of our new strategy is the desire to unlock the learning potential that exists across the vast range of BBC output and activities - whether it's on television, radio or online; whether it's national, regional or local; using all of our specialist expertise, from News to Music, from Natural History to Sport, from Drama to Arts.
That's why today we've announced a range of projects that make the most of the BBC. Wallace and Gromit inspiring people to create amazing inventions. EastEnders heading into the classroom with E20 to get teenagers talking about bullying. Michael Wood getting the UK to uncover its own history. And the Bang Goes The Theory gang presenting their own special 'do try this at home' science demonstrations - that's what I would truly have loved as a seven year old.
Saul Nassé is Controller of Learning at the BBC
Read more about the new strategy for learning at the BBC on the Press Office website
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