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2010.12.29 KWN Members Acclaimed at a Vietnamese Film Festival!
On December 29th, the 4th Vietnamese National Environmental Film Festival Award Ceremony was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. This ceremony, which takes place every three years, is jointly organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Resources and Environment and local TV stations and film associations.
Two KWN participating schools took part in the event. Lomonosov Secondary School's "Convenient and Harm" took the Second Prize, and Phan Chu Trinh's "Circle" received the Consolation Prize, from among 131 entries. The judges highly evaluated the ways in which the students contributed to environmental conservation efforts by applying their own fresh perspectives and unique methods.
2010.12.1 Asia Pacific Regional Awards Ceremony Held
On December 1st, the KWN Asia Pacific Regional Awards Ceremony was held in Singapore. From among seven videos created by schools in seven different countries, the Grand Prix Award was given to the students of Sembawang Secondary School from Singapore for their film entitled "Mad About Water,"
Which also won the Creative Concept Award and Best Documentary Award. The students who participated in the awards ceremony also took part in a special workshop. They received lectures that covered a wide range of areas, from how to handle equipment such as cameras and lighting, to interviewing techniques and story composition. Active efforts to incorporate the techniques that they learned into their own video productions were seen. In the KWN Asia Pacific region, a questionnaire survey focusing on news was conducted together with the awards ceremony. This is an effective means of learning the awareness that students have with regard to news.
2010.11.16 The First Panama Awards Ceremony! And the Winner Is...
KWN Panama held its first ever awards ceremony at the Extreme Planet Cinema in Avenida Balboa on November 16th. A total of 131 people took part in the event, including students from six participating schools, six teachers, parents, officials from the Panama Department of Education, and reporters. A performance was also given by a famous Panamanian singer, which further boosted the gala mood.
The Gold Award for the first ever KWN Panama Awards Ceremony went to the Instituto Ferrini Bilingue. Their video, entitled "Caceria Ilicita de animales en peligro de extincion" (Illicit hunting of protected animals) delivered a strong message that ecology creates awareness about the risk to our planet of hunting or buying of wild animals.
KWN Panama, which joined the KWN program this year, invited 41 members of the media to the event. This led to a total of 13 media reports. More activities in the future can also be expected, as KWN Panama is anxious to further enhance its public relations efforts after seeing media reports and advertising value calculations.
2010.11.10 Student Performances Pump Up the Indonesia Awards Ceremony
On November 10th, KWN Indonesia held an awards ceremony at the XXI Djakarta Theater in Jakarta. A total of 88 students, teachers, VIP members and members of the press took part in the event. The winners were the students of SMPN1 Manado Junior High School. Their video, called "Mane'e, a Local Tradition of Catching Fish with a Spell,? was highly acclaimed for introducing the country's traditional fishing methods from cultural, religious and environmental viewpoints.
This year's awards also included a special "Best Research Award" commemorating the 50th anniversary of Panasonic Gobel Indonesia (PGI). This award went to the Sorowako school, who incorporated creative ideas for contributing to the local environment into their video. The ceremony was also filled with a variety of performances, including dances and poetry reading by various students, and was covered by more than 25 media outlets, gathering widespread attention throughout Indonesia.
2010.11.1 KWN Starts Up in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
In November 2010, a kick-off meeting was held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two newest KWN participants. KWN Students from three schools in the Czech Republic and two schools in Slovakia conducted elaborate checks on cameras and carefully listened to explanations. A workshop was then held in December. These activities have helped the students' productions make steady progress. Their awards ceremony is scheduled in February.
2010.10.22 First Prize Goes to "The Circles" at KWN Vietnam
On October 22nd, KWN Vietnam held their awards ceremony at the Nikko Hanoi Hotel. A total of 37 participants, including KWN members and special guests, took part. Five schools are participating in the KWN program this year after being selected by the screening process from among the 12 schools that submitted their storyboards.
Phan Chu Trinh Secondary School took home the first prize. The judges highly praised their production, titled "The Circles," in which they presented a fascinating story of the sad fortune of a milk can that was discarded on the side of a road, until it was eventually reborn as a lovely flower vase. The awards ceremony was covered by 18 media representatives, including TV and newspaper, and helped greatly to boost KWN public relations within Vietnam.
2010.10.21 Australian Grand Prix Goes to "Environmental Rescue"
KWN Australia held the Kid Witness News New Vision Awards Ceremony at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, New South Wales, on October 21st. A total of 180 KWN members throughout the country took part in the event. Video entries were submitted from 63 primary and secondary schools, and judges selected the winners from each school level. Norfolk Village State School took home the top prize in the primary school division. Their film, entitled "Environmental Rescue," promotes the importance of the environment by looking into a secret animal-run rescue team that responds to emergency calls by fellow wildlife who have nowhere to go. Kaurna Plains School was selected as the secondary school winner for their film "Warraburna Kaurna," a story that introduces and commemorates the 30th revival anniversary of the Kaurna Aboriginal language, which nearly became extinct. As the top national winner, Norfolk Village State School will be representing Australia at the KWN Asia Pacific Regional Awards Ceremony to be held in December.
2010.9.17 A Hometown Celebration for the Grand Prix Winners
On September 17th, KWN Australia held a special prize ceremony for the KWN team of Mundingburra State School, who won the Grand Prix at KWN Global Contest 2010, at the school's assembly hall. Participants included the students, government officials, a representative from the Queensland Department of Education and members of the community.
An Interactive Panaboard and a short-throw video projector were presented as the Grand Prix prizes to the school by a Panasonic Australia representative. Erick Blechen, a teacher and KWN coordinator at the School, praised the students by saying, "I am really proud of all the students involved in the film, and the ceremony gave us the chance to recognize each student individually for their contribution and hard work." The event was reported on TV, in radio news programs, and in newspapers, and helped to increase the motivation for KWN participating schools all over Australia.
2010.9.8 KWN Participating Schools Visit Panasonic Risupia Vietnam
On September 8th, a total of 30 students from two local KWN schools joined the opening ceremony of Panasonic Risupia Vietnam in Hanoi. As the facility was presented by Panasonic to help education in Vietnam, many VIPs, including the Standing Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, the Japanese Ambassador, and Panasonic Chairman Kirk Nakamura, attended the ceremony. Risupia Vietnam was created to encourage young children to get interested in science and math while enjoying a game-like experience with a variety of unique interactive exhibits which let children learn theories and principles. Many local media covered the opening event.
2010.8.23 KWN Winners in China Visit the Shanghai Expo
On August 23rd, the KWN China Awards Ceremony was held at Panasonic Center Beijing. A total of 35 students, teachers, and parents from the five winning schools, which were selected from a total of 30 schools, took part in the event. A group of 20 journalists also showed up to cover the ceremony. The Grand Prix Award went to Beijing WanQuan Primary School's "Be Here With You!," which also represented China at the Global Contest in July and won the Best Editing Award. At the ceremony, students from Beijing WanQuan Primary School told of their experiences at the Global Awards Event that was held in Japan. On August 25th, the 20 students from the winning schools traveled to Shanghai, where they joined with local KWN participating schools and toured the Shanghai Expo. They also visited the Japan Pavilion for the Expo, where the Panasonic Life Wall was on display. The Awards Ceremony and the tour were covered by a large number of media.
2010.7.28 Finalists Have Fun with Japanese KWN Students
On July 28th, as a part of the Global Contest 2010 Winners Week, KWN students from the six finalist schools visited Kamiichibukata Elementary School in Hachioji, Tokyo. Even though it was during their summer school holidays, approximately 140 people, including students, teachers and PTA members, participated in the international exchange event. The host school students started things off by showing some Japanese folk dancing, and the overseas guests later joined in. A demonstration of Japanese martial arts, performed by Kamiichibukata students, also captured the attention of the visitors. Next, all the students joined together to taste some local, fresh-picked vegetables. The warm hospitality of the Kamiichibukata school made the event most memorable for the Winners Week participants.
2010.7.27 KWN Global Contest 2010 Awards Ceremony held in Tokyo
Panasonic honored the winners of the KWN Global Contest 2010 at the Awards Ceremony held on July 27 at the Panasonic Center Tokyo. The 2010 Grand Prix was awarded to "The Global Warming Rap", the video produced by the Mundingburra State School in Australia.
Students and teachers representing finalist schools from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia and U.K. attended the Awards Ceremony. In addition to the Grand Prix, awards were presented in six various categories at the ceremony.
2010.5.28 Workshop and Awards Ceremony Held in Europe
The KWN Europe Regional Awards Ceremony took place on May 28th in Wiesbaden, Germany. Some 70 members, including students and school officials representing Germany, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Austria participated. The Grand Prix went to Oberdorf Baselland Primary School from Switzerland for their video titled "The Falling Tree" which is an investigative report of forest rangers cutting down trees and affecting local animals losing their habitat. A workshop was also held inside a studio of Panasonic Europe. The students, who learned about video editing by using professional editing equipment, actively interviewed Panasonic personnel and became highly motivated for their next video production.
2010.5.18 A Host of Events Mark Latin America's First Awards Ceremony
On May 18th, the first KWN Latin America Regional Awards Ceremony was held in Mexico City. A total of 24 members from Brazil, Peru and Mexico participated. The Grand Prix Award went to the students of La Escuela de Lancaster from Mexico. The students were greatly cheered on by parents and school officials of their home town. KWN Latin America held a variety of events before and after the ceremony, including a cultural exchange between students, a live appearance on a local TV show, a tour of a World Natural Heritage site, and interviews with a professional photographer. The awards ceremony turned out to be a highly memorable event for everyone involved.
2010.4.26 Oscar-Style Awards Ceremony Held in Mexico
On April 26th, the KWN Mexico national awards ceremony was held at the Universidad Inter Continental in Mexico City. Some 250 people, including students and teachers from five participating schools, their parents, local representatives and judges took part in the event. The awards ceremony was conducted in a style similar to that of Hollywood's Academy Awards, as presenters appeared to announce the winner for each category. The Grand Prix Award went to the video titled "Next Door," which was produced by La Escuela de Lancaster. The winning team was awarded with an original trophy created by a local sculptor and a Blu-ray Disc player.
2010.3.19-26 547 Students and Teachers Participate in Australia Workshops
KWN Australia held workshops in Sydney and five other cities from March 19th to March 26th. A total of 547 students and teachers from 38 participating schools throughout Australia took part in the workshops, which were called "KWN Inspiration Session." Due to last year's successful workshops, the number of participants almost doubled this year. A young film director and a commercial director with more than 30 years of experience helped the students learn about the art of professional filmmaking.
While 63 schools are participating in the KWN Australia Program this year, the Department of Education has approved the use of the KWN activities as part of the educational curriculum for these schools.
2010.3.4-7 Highly Eco-Conscious School in Indonesia
The Eco-Products International Fair 2010 was held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia from March 4 to March 7. Panasonic Gobel Indonesia (PGI) exhibited their ecocaravan booth at this fair. PGI invited 20 students and four teachers from Jubilee School, one of 10 KWN participating schools in Indonesia, to visit the Panasonic booth on March 5. The school was one of the six finalist schools invited to Japan for the Global Contest in 2008. The students enjoyed testing their knowledge on the Eco Quiz and writing down their eco pledge on the message cards. The students learned the importance of acting on their own in order to preserve the environment.
Students viewing their message cards
2010.3.3 Switzerland Joins KWN
On March 3, the inaugural KWN Switzerland Awards Ceremony was held at the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne. A total of 60 students and teachers from five KWN participating schools, and 20 guests took part in this memorable awards ceremony. The Grand Prix Award went to the students from Primarschule Oberdorf (Baselland) Elementary School. Their video, "The Tree Falls," showed interviews with biologists and foresters to consider the effects that the logging industry in their local area had on the environment. KWN was launched in Switzerland last year by Swiss Panasonic distributor John Lay Electronics.
2010.2.26 KWN Canada and Japan Enjoy a Cultural Exchange via HD Images
KWN teams from Nootka Elementary School in Vancouver, Canada, and Seka Elementary School in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, held a video conference on Feb. 26th in Vancouver (27th in Japan) for intercultural exchange using Panasonic's HD Visual Communication System. The Canadian students participated from the Panasonic pavilion for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and the Japanese students came to the Panasonic Center Osaka. They discussed the Olympic Games and their home towns, showing each other's videos which focus on environmental issues. The Seka team presented traditional Japanese toys and the Origami paper craft techniques. Thanks to visual instruction over the TV screen, the Nootka members successfully made Origami paper doll as good as Seka's team. The Nootka team then introduced mini hockey game which is now popular among Canadian children. The session, which lasted about 90 minutes, went by quickly as the students deepened their understanding of each other's views on the environment and traditional culture. Prior to the event, the Nootka members had a chance to interview IOC President Jacques Rogge, who visited the Panasonic pavilion.
Connecting from the Panasonic pavilion in Vancouver
Talking over a 103" TV screen in Osaka
Nootka team interviewing IOC President Jacques Rogge (far right)
2010.1.24 Nature Story Claims the Grand Prix in Russia
On January 24th, the KWN Russia Awards Ceremony was held at the Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow. Sixty students and teachers from ten schools as well as the four judges took part in the cermony. The ten schools were selected from thirty schools that submitted their entries by storyboard format.The Grand Prix Award went to the students from Studio Rhythm Middle School.
Their video, titled "The Living Fish," told the story of a girl who showed compassion toward fish to be eaten and released them into a river. Scenes from actual daily life gave viewers a feeling of nature, and the ability to express compassion and understanding towards nature as part of the video's message was highly praised.
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