Olympic and Paralympic Values - Friendship week

On June 11, World Class kicked off seven weeks of Olympic-themed content in our buildup to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Here, you can catch up with all the action from week two, in which we showcased the value of 'friendship'.

You can use the tabs at the head of the page to explore our films, assemblies and live debates around the topic of friendship.

If you missed any of our content, it's all here. Let's take a look at the week's highlights:

New Schools World Service film

Oli

On Monday, we looked at the story of Oli - a 12-year-old boy from Bangladesh who is campaigning against child marriage inspired by a friendship.

The issue is a huge problem in the country with 20% of girls married before their 15th birthday, even though it is illegal for them to do so before the age of 18.

Fed up of seeing his friends dropping out of school, Oli and his friends toured the slum where they live looking for girls at risk and educating their elders.

Two new 'friendship' Assemblies launched

Getting shaved for Luca! Getting shaved for Luca!

Also launched on Monday, our first set of assemblies for primary and secondary looked at the story of Luca Bonci, a 15-year-old boy who was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently underwent chemotherapy.

In a show of solidarity, about 18 of his schoolmates had a 'group head shave', so Luca would not be the only "baldy" in the school.

We followed this up with a further set of assemblies on Thursday featuring two pupils from a school called Colegio Certo in Brazil.

The students travelled over 5,000 miles to visit pupils from Roseberry Sports College in Durham, and consolidate a friendship between the schools which began when they were twinned together in 2010.

Interactive discussion on friendship

Pupils from Malikha Community Day Secondary School in Malawi join the debate! Pupils from Malikha Community Day Secondary School in Malawi join the debate!

On Wednesday, we hosted live debates in the morning and afternoon that saw schools writing in to offer their thoughts on 'friendship'.

Following on from last week's 'determination' debate, the contributions comprised a truly impressive blend of insightful, frank, and sometimes heart-warming sentiments from students around the globe.

Special thanks to Marcus from Colegio Certo in Brazil and students from Colegio Newland in Mexico, who fielded a wide range of questions (you can read more from Marcus on our 'More from determination discussion' tab).

You can relive the debate by clicking here, or use the tabs above to explore all our content from friendship week.

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