Olympic and Paralympic Values: Courage week

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

More from our Values countdown

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

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

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

Wednesday 4 July: Interactive discussion on courage

Students from St John's School in Cyprus, in front of the live debate page Students from St John's School in Cyprus, in front of the live courage debate page

Our fourth week of live debates was a cracker - filled with great contribution from schools around the world.

We were extremely fortunate to be joined by several special guests. Polio survivors Reg and Sheila met at the Polio Fellowship in Islington, London, in the 1950s.

They married two years later, and have been together ever since.

Anne Strike was the first Wheelchair Racer from East Africa to participate in the Paralympic Games - representing Kenya in Athens Paralympic Games in 2004.

All three answered questions from pupils across the globe - a huge thanks to them for taking part, and you can read more about their stories under the 'special guests' tab above.

Overcoming obstacles - Alex's story

Alex from Bishop Okiring School Alex from Bishop Okiring School

BBC World Class went back to Bishop Okiring School in Mount Elgon, Kenya to re-visit Alex - a pupil who contracted polio at the age of four.

We featured Alex in an assembly last year entitled 'Overcoming obstacles', which is available in the tab list above as Primary/Secondary Assembly 2.

Now 21-years-old, Alex is in his final year at school and says he wants to train as a lawyer when he leaves.

Crossing the divide - Harry's story

Harry in training for his Channel-crossing attempt Harry in training for his Channel-crossing attempt

Harry is preparing for an extraordinary challenge - he is attempting, at 15 years old, to become the youngest person to row the English Channel.

Harry has a gruelling six days-a-week training schedule, in which he regularly covers distances of up to 40 miles.

His efforts are fuelled by fundraising for the Make-A-Wish foundation, which provided support to his brother Ollie during his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

World Class took a look at his motivations and inspirations for 'Courage week'. Assemblies around Harry's story are also available - Primary/Secondary Assembly 1 in the tab list above.

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