Saskatchewan students named finalists in a worldwide contest sponsored by Daimler and UNESCO



    
    -   50 schools to compete in the Mondialogo School Contest finals,
        including students from Hafford Central School in Hafford, SK
    -   36,000 school students from 144 nations have taken part in the
        Mondialogo School Contest 2007/2008
    

    PARIS and STUTTGART, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Finalists for the Mondialogo School
Contest 2007/2008 have been decided and the top 50 schools were recently
announced by Daimler and UNESCO at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Participants from a total of 36 countries, including one school from Canada,
will be represented at the finals this year in Beijing, China. Each team is
comprised of two schools that must be from different countries, and this year,
students from Hafford Central School in Hafford, Saskatchewan were selected
with their partners from Oroslavje, Croatia to compete in the finals. The
Canadian team and their Croatian partners have been working on a project
dealing with cultural diversity.
    Initiated by Daimler and UNESCO in 2003, the Mondialogo School Contest is
one of UNESCO's most important public-private partnership projects. The aim of
this global contest is to encourage dialogue between school students from
different cultural origins to work together across continents on a joint
project. Examples of projects include musical works, plays, collages,
photographic documentation, sculptures or Internet pages. Through the
intercultural project work, school students are encouraged to develop
understanding, tolerance and respect for people with different cultures,
religions, languages and origins.
    Key criteria for the nomination is the intensity of intercultural
dialogue between the partner teams and the creative implementation of their
project. Areas of special focus in the current competition are "sport and fair
play", "sustainable future" and "cultural identity." All 50 nominated teams
have been invited to Beijing from September 25 - 28, 2008, where partner teams
will meet in person for the first time and present their projects to an
international jury. The jury will then select the three best projects from
those nominated and announce the winners at an awards ceremony.
    Taking part in the Mondialogo School Contest 2007/2008 were 2,740 schools
with a total of 36,000 students between the ages of 14 and 18 from 144
countries. More than one third of the project groups are from Europe (980
schools, 35%), followed by 596 teams from the Asia and Pacific region (22%),
524 schools from Latin America and the Caribbean (19%), 356 schools from
Africa (13%) as well as 237 schools from the Arab states (8%) and 47 schools
from North America (2%).
    This is the third year that the Mondialogo School Contest has taken
place. Since 2003, a total of 60,000 school students from around the world
have been involved in the competition. Ambassadors of the initiative include
the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and Swedish writer Henning Mankell. In
addition to the worldwide school contest, the Mondialogo initiative includes
the Mondialogo Engineering Award. The aim of this award is to encourage open
exchange and to promote knowledge transfer between industrialized and
developing countries through international project work by students of the
engineering sciences.

    Further information is available at www.mondialogo.org.





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For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550,
caza@mercedes-benz.ca; Michael Minielly, (416) 847-7509,
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