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Monday, October 5, 1998 Published at 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK


Dome gets learning zone

Plans include a big schools Website

The company running the UK's Millennium Dome is putting education at the heart of the project.

Plans include the provision of classroom resources and SchoolNet 2000 - being developed over the next year by official sponsor Tesco - which it is claimed will be the world's biggest schools' Internet site.

There will be a 'learning experience' zone within the Dome at Greenwich, south London, and a drive to raise the profile of science in schools and local communities.

The New Millennium Experience Company's Chief Executive, Jennie Page, said: "Education is at the heart of the millennium experience and never before has the UK seen such a diverse and varied programme aiming to touch such a huge number of people."

The agenda has been planned in association with Tesco and the other sponsors, British Telecom and Marks and Spencer.


There will be an opportunity for schools to learn more about their own areas and present their town's story in the Dome.

Marks and Spencer is giving millions of schoolchidlren the chance to write and sing a song for the millennium, as part of a nationwide competition.

British Telecom is running a programme aimed at improving individuals' communication skills.

For adults, there will also be a Manpower UK-sponsored skills championships - a range of competitions covering skills and trades from bricklaying and plumbing to information technology.

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