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Commonwealth pack

Every school in Scotland is to receive an education pack as part of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester this summer.

The Spirit of Friendship pack, which has been developed by the Commonwealth Institute with backing from the Scottish Executive education department, offers teachers ideas on how to explore the Commonwealth theme. It includes a simulation game about staging their own version of the Games.

Steve Brace, director of education at the Commonwealth Institute, says: "The Commonwealth Institute believes that education plays a critical role in unlocking the potential of young people. The Spirit of Friendship programme extends the institute's work with young people so that they grow up inquisitive about other cultures as well as their own and are at ease with diversity and confident as global citizens."

Louise Martin, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland, emphasises that the packs are not just for sports fanatics and concern wider issues. "So count yourselves in; share our dream," she says.

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