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Jul 14, 2017
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Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation has completed the final judging process for the Global Contest 2017 of "Kid Witness News (KWN)," an educational program designed to support the video production of elementary, junior high, and high school students around the world with the KWN concept of "The World Through Their Eyes."
The 26 national winners for the KWN Global Contest 2017 have been selected and approximately 100 representatives of the 26 winning schools in 18 different countries and region have been invited to Tokyo to attend the "KWN Global Summit 2017" from August 1 to 5, which will be held for the first time. During this period, the Grand Prix winners will be announced at the KWN Global Contest 2017 awards on August 4.
Amid a global environment that calls for the world to work more closely together, the "KWN Global Summit 2017" is a new initiative for nurturing the next generation of young global leaders, which seeks to provide them with the opportunity for furthering mutual understanding and promoting peaceful coexistence, with the aim of "Create Our Future Together" by looking at social issues from a global perspective. Around 100 representatives have been invited from 18 countries and region around the world to visit Tokyo to spend five days working together through interviews and discussions and sharing the ideas, geared towards "Create Our Future Together."
The children will study the issues together through their "eyes" and give presentations entitled "Our Proposal For A Better Future" on August 4 for KWN Global Summit 2017. Their activities are scheduled to be broadcast live via KWN Facebook and Youtube.
KWN activities are currently being conducted in 18 different countries and region around the world as part of Panasonic's educational support activities for the next generation. This is an interactive educational program in which participating schools are supplied with video equipment and the videos they produce are judged in contests every year. The children complete the entire production process themselves, from planning to investigation, filming, and editing. First launched in the United States in 1989, KWN has now been running for 28 years with a total of more than 180,000 children and their teachers taking part so far. This year saw around 5,000 people took part from 18 different countries and region around the world, with submissions received from 343 schools. The five-minute videos were produced on three broad themes - "communication," "environment," and "sports" - as the children offered their own unique perspectives on issues close to them like sports, global environmental problems, and people who have dealt with families, disabilities, and PTSD. The 26 national winning entries from 18 countries and region can be viewed on the official KWN website.
Private Elementary School
of the Franciscan Sisters
|Communication: The video describes the message of
the importance of friendship; life is more fun with friends.
|What is important to us?
Ecole Rockingham School
|Communication: The video shows their unique group work with the entire school celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary with each member holding up a card about patriotism.
|Here's Our Canada
Beijing Haidian Wanquan Primary School
|Communication: The video depicts the sadness of Beijing children who spend their entire days studying.
|One day of Beijing Kids
Primary School of Josef Bublik, Banov
|Communication: The students from two villages overcome their hatred to learn love and respect transcending religious and ethnic differences thanks to their teacher's lessons.
|Against the hatred
School at Ernst-Reuter-Place
|Communication: The children of different countries and cultures assemble at one school and transcend language barriers to come together through dance.
|Tell me what you want!
Yuen Long Government Primary School
|Environment: A strange email received from the year 2077 tells the children of water shortages and environmental devastation in the future.
Al Azhar 17 Bintaro Islamic
|Communication: Questioning the danger of children losing their desire to learn because of limited, one-way discussion and communication.
FC Forca Hahajima
|Communication & Environment: The video shows how people living on the island of Hahajima, Ogasawara are connected to their beautiful natural surroundings.
Long Sepiling Primary School
|Communication: The video focusing on hands, with the message that hands are a divine gift that joins people together.
|THE POWER OF HANDS
Primary School with Kindergarten of Rudolf Dilong
|Communication: The importance of expressing respect and gratitude to our mothers with interviews and acted scenes is underlining in the movie.
Assumption Samutprakarn School
|Sports: The main character of the video learns about sportsmanship and paying respect to one's opponent.
|[United States of America]
Rancho Minerva Middle School
|Communication: A 92-year-old US Navy veteran and a 14-year-old child of immigrant parents write a letter to today's America with their message about patriotism and the importance of family.
Master Hand Children Group
|Communication: A young boy shows how advances in technology have left him lonely due to insufficient communication with his parents.
|THEY TALK TO ME, FINALLY
|Junior high and high schools
Ried Polytechnic School
|Communication: A student obsessed with computer games loses both friends and the chance to go to a good school. But his classmates care about him, trying to help him find a balance between the virtual world and the real world.
|Back to Reality
Guilherme Dumont Villares School
|Communication: A homeless boy encounters the world of music and sees his own world changed
|Light of Melody
|Communication: The video is a comedic documentary taking a humorous look at the various attempts and difficulties encountered producing this video from the students' aspects.
Regina Pacis Junior High School
|Communication: A girl who had lost her will to live searches desperately for, and ultimately discovers a new purpose.
Iwaki Senior High School
|Communication: The video without words shows communication is the best way of bringing people closer together.
Batu Lintang National Secondary School
|Sports: The story is following a disabled athlete who never gave up on her dream and made a contribution to her country by winning a Paralympic medal.
Indian School Al Ghubra
|Sports: The story is about a poor boy who is good at cricket pursuits his dreams to become a cricketer after his father's death, conveying the message of the importance of the passion to make the dream come true.
|Legends are not born, but made!
Saint Christopher Episcopal Institute
|Sports: The video is a documentary which tells us that there is no limitation for achieving our dreams by depicting a young man who is trying to overcome obstacles through sports.
|Communication: The video is focusing on AIDS, poverty, and sexual discrimination problems in Tanzania, showing that education is a force that can change society.
|FURAHA I -I have a Dream-, -One day-
|Communication: The story of a young girl whose mother suffers from schizophrenia, and who falls into depression herself due to relationships with society and at school.
|[United Arab Emirates]
Elite Private School
|Communication: The video is about the people suffering from PTSD due to war or the loss of loved ones get back on their feet with the support of those around them.
|[United States of America]
Eastlake High school
|Communication: The video is about a daughter and her father who wasted time and missed seeing his children grow up in their daily lives in the lack of communication.
|It's Worth It
Alpha Secondary School
|Communication: The video is about social conditions in Vietnam, stressing the importance of freedom of expression for children in education.
|The Scribble Picture
KWN was launched in 1989 when the local Panasonic company in the United States supplied video recording and editing equipment to public elementary and junior high schools for an educational program in which children could produce news videos from their own perspective. The program was then developed globally, with 18 different countries and region taking part today. The aims of the KWN activities are, through video production, to foster creativity among the children, and to raise their social awareness as they investigate things like regional society and global environmental issues. Those overseeing the activities have also reported an educational value to the teamwork skills that can be cultivated through the video production process. The program also allows participating schools the opportunity for international exchange through the global network of KWN participating schools.
The concept for these activities is "The World Through Their Eyes." The program emphasizes the "world and perspectives as seen by children", and seeks to cultivate the "eyes" through which the Kids Journalists view their society.
|Canada, United States
|Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
|Oman, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates
|China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 495 subsidiaries and 91 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.343 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2017. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:
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