80% of UK schools are now a member of the London 2012 education programme, Get Set. In the US, teenage viewership of London 2012 is up 29% on Beijing 2008, with teen girl ratings 89% higher than Glee – the number one rated primetime show on network television.
Living the Olympic and Paralympic values
The London 2012 education programme Get Set has been teaching young people to live the Olympic and Paralympic values in their schools and communities since it launched in 2007. A total of 21,000 schools have signed up to the programme and had the chance to win visits from athletes, apply for tickets and greet the London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville.
In addition, students from more than 300 schools have been on a tour of the Olympic Park, and 315,000 tickets to the Games have been given to schools across the UK as part of the London 2012 Ticketshare programme. Young people were also given the chance to play a key role in the Olympic Opening Ceremony: 2,000 students from 250 schools across the UK formed a Guard of Honour, while a further 1,500 students had the chance of a lifetime to perform inside the Olympic Stadium.
Also in the UK, the Young Leaders programme, supported by BP, has helped give 100 disadvantaged young people the chance to make positive change to their lives, delivering community team projects and individual challenges that have been inspired by the Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Values. All the Young Leaders went on to become Games Makers.
Leaving a legacy around the world
The London 2012 Games have also had an impact on children’s day-to-day lives outside the UK. International Inspiration, London 2012’s international sports legacy programme, has reached out to more than 12 million children in 20 different countries, teaching them sport, education and critical life skills.
In Bangladesh, a country prone to flooding, more than 250,000 children have learnt survival swimming. In Brazil, there has been an increase in the number of PE teachers by up to 80% in 13 of the 26 local authorities where the programme is active. And in Zambia, International Inspiration is using sport to engage children in HIV and AIDS education, reaching 1.5 million young people and adults so far.