TEACHING VALUES AN OLYMPIC EDUCATION TOOLKIT SECTION 2 CELEBRATING THE VALUES THROUGH SYMBOL AND CEREMONY TEACHINGVALUES43 7 Beijing 2008. Web Site. " Image and Look: One World, One Dream. Online: http:// en. beijing2008. com/ 62/ 67/ column211716762. sh tml. Sourced 3 July, 2006. Above The Beijing Olympic Cultural Festival Symbol; the Environmental Symbol of the Beijing Olympic Games – the " Green Games"; the Volunteer Symbol of the Beijing Olympic Games. THE OFFICIAL MASCOTS OF THE BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES Like the five Olympic Rings from which they draw their colour and inspiration, the Fuwa ( right) will serve as Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace – and blessings from China – to children all over the world.
44TEACHING VALUES SECTION 2 CELEBRATING THE VALUES THROUGH SYMBOL AND CEREMONY ACTIVITYSHEET READING A seal is a stamp that acts as the signature of a person or organisation. The official emblem of Beijing 2008 entitled " Chinese Seal- Dancing Beijing" cleverly combines the Chinese seal and the art of calligraphy with sporting features, transforming the elements into a human figure running forward and embracing triumph. The figure resembles the Chinese character " Jing", which stands for the name of the host city and represents a particularly significant Chinese style. The artwork embodies the following messages: Chinese culture the colour of red China Beijing welcomes friends from all over the world to challenge the extreme, achieve perfection and promote the Olympic motto of " Citius, Altius, Fortius"( Faster, Higher, Stronger). FOR DISCUSSION What do each of the mascots stand for? Check out the Beijing 2008 web site: http:// en. beijing2008. com/ 70/ 68/ column211716870. shtml. Invite a person from an Asian tradition or community to help you to interpret the symbols, shapes and colours. For example red, the national colour of the People's Republic of China, stands for celebration. How does each of these symbols celebrate the values of the Olympic Movement? THINGS TO DO Carry out a research project on the writing system of the Chinese language. Learn the Chinese characters – for peace, joy, sport, fair play, excellence, welcome. Make and fly a kite that represents a special bird in your culture. CHECKLIST ACTIVITY 1 ACTIVITY 2 ACTIVITY 3 123 Left Beijing 2005: Kite-flying is a very popular hobby in China and the kites are often modelled after birds. Above The Fuwa Nini represents a swallow, which is a messenger of spring and happiness in Chinese culture and is seen as a symbol of good fortune.