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Together We Make Our Dream Come True

Together We Make Our Dream Come TrueA series of sports festivals were launched across China to celebrate the 100-Day-To-Go to the London Olympics. What are so special about these events? They were all organized by young people, who are involved in clubs called “Dreams and Teams”.

A big slogan “We Make the Future Leadership, We Are Global Citizens” was hung on the wall of the Dreams and Teams Young Leader Club Trophy Room of Beijing No. 3 School for the Deaf.

On a warm spring afternoon of 16 April, the school held a student sports festival, but it was perhaps the quietest sports meeting you could ever imagine. Despite the squeak made by the friction of the soles of the children's shoes, and their light laughers from time to time, you would feel you were observing the sports meeting with all sounds muted.

Big Hands with Small Hands 100-Meter Race-Paula ran with her little buddy
Big Hands with Small Hands 100-Meter Race-Paula ran with her little buddy

 the logo designed by student for the Dreams and Teams sports festival
the logo designed by student for the Dreams and Teams sports festival

After 3 weekends' intensive training and planning, 20 young leaders selected from different year groups of the school were finally organising the rest of the school in that sports meeting where all the games were designed, tested, and put in place solely by the deaf children. Most of the games required teamwork of the participants, and everywhere around the playground, one could see the young leaders communicating with the referees, teachers and the players. That was not only a celebration of the 100 DTG of London 2012 Olympics, but equally importantly, it was how these children were making their dreams come true through teamwork on a British Council Connecting Classroom's programme called 'Dreams and Teams'.

That was not the only sports event the deaf children participated, because a number of them were invited to BHFZ Middle-school's D+T sports festival on 12 March. As another of the 10 project schools from Beijing participating D+T, BHFZ held the first formal sports meeting among the cluster of schools and to be more inclusive, it sent invitation to the deaf students. There the students were paired, and the deaf students were placed into different teams competing on 6 games.


Deaf students in gray uniforms playing with BHFZ students
Deaf students in gray uniforms playing with BHFZ students
 

5 cities in China joined the Dreams and Teams project 2011-12. Another exciting Olympics was held on April 18th in Nan'an District of Chongqing. More than 3,000 pupils from 58 local schools joined the celebration. They represented different countries in the opening ceremony and they creatively showed the culture identity of their representing countries by flags, costume, languages and performances. A "Big Hands with Small Hands 100-Meter Race" took place after the opening, when Mr Simon Lever, Consul-General of British General Consulate in Chongqing, Ms Paula Middleton, Area Director Southwest China of British Council and Prof. Xiong Yu, London Olympic torch runner ran hand in hand with young students to celebrate the 100-day countdown, together, all details designed and organized by young leaders.

Chongqing Nan'an Sports Meeting
Chongqing Nan'an Sports Meeting
Students from the local school represented Paragury in the Sport Festival
Students from the local school represented Paragury in the Sport Festival

"Thanks to D&T project, dreams of our team come true!” as said in the speech of a young leader. When the festival theme song – written by students – raise, you can hear their heartbeat:

"We are the team, we have a dream

Be the dreamer, Catch the future."

 

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