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National Winners from 12 Countries selected for Panasonic KWN Global Contest 2019

Osaka, Japan – WEBWIRE

Panasonic Corporation has completed the final judging process for the Global Contest 2019 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.

The 18 national winners for the KWN Global Contest 2019 have been selected and approximately 70 representatives of the 18 winning schools in 12 different countries will be invited to Tokyo to attend the “KWN Global Contest 2019” from July 31 to August 2. During this period, the Grand Prix winners will be announced at the KWN Global Contest 2019 Award Ceremony on August 2 at Panasonic Center Tokyo.

KWN activities are currently being conducted in 12 different countries 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 by themselves, from planning to investigation, filming and editing. First launched in the United States in 1989, KWN has now been running for 30 years with a total of more than 180,000 children and their teachers taking part so far. As for this year, around 3,800 people took part from 12 different countries around the world, with video submissions from 315 schools. The five-minute videos were produced on three broad themes - “communications”, “environment”, and “sports” - as the children offered their own unique perspectives on issues close to them like sports, global environment, and people who have dealt with families, disabilities and PTSD. The 18 national winning entries from 12 countries and regions can be viewed from the following KWN Global Contest 2019 special website.

*Participants: 12 countries and regions
North America: Canada, United States
Latin America: Brazil
Middle East/Africa: Pakistan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates
Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam

KWN 2019 National Winners (Primary)

1. Through Their Eyes

  • Country: United States of America
    School: Rancho Minerva Middle School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: A young teen is discouraged after finding out she has to attend community service. She soon realizes that volunteering can change your perspective.

2. Chaque geste compte - Every little bit makes a difference -

  • Country: Canada
    School: Ecole elementaire Gabrielle Roy
    Theme: Ecology
    Details: Students became aware of various environmental issues around them. They worked together to find solutions.

3. Sense

  • Country: Brazil
    School: Pioneer Educational Center
    Theme: Communication
    Details: In a world where everyone is born with a congenital disability, having all the senses is considered different. To fit in, Mucino pretends to be mute. This decision causes problems with his virtual friend, Cecilia.

4. Earth has a Fever

  • Country: Pakistan
    School: The City School, S041 Junior A, PECHS
    Theme: Ecology
    Details: Students performs a play showing the detrimental impact of deforestation on millions of species.

5. Sunshine After Rain

  • Country: Malaysia
    School: Buso Chung Hua Primary School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: Rain seeks out a job because he envies his wealthy classmates. After finding a job, Rain soon realizes the importance of an education.

6. Inside Me

  • Country: Thailand
    School: Anuban Saraburi School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: Satang lacks self-confidence. She becomes inspired by her new friend, Rung, who has a hearing disability and uses art to communicate with others.

7. Happy Birthday

  • Country: Vietnam
    School: Thinh Quang Primary School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: After receiving an unwanted gift on his birthday, the boy becomes angry at his mother. His teacher realizing his anger teaches him that a birthday is more than a celebration about ones birth.

8. The Deadly Support

  • Country: China
    School: Beijing Haidian Wanquan Primary School
    Theme: Sports
    Details: While training for a competition, a young member of the school’s aerobics team learns how to persist through failure, with the help of her teammates.

9. Shiro and Furoshiki -Sharing Furoshiki to the World-

  • Country: Japan
    School: Morimura Elementary School
    Theme: Ecology
    Details: Two students discover the detrimental effects of ocean pollution from their friend, Shiro. KWN Japan shows us the good/convenient/eco-friendly “Furoshiki” is not only for Japan but for the entire world.

10. Ordinary Days

  • Country: Tanzania
    School: Mwenge Mshindo Primary School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: Highlights of the everyday activities of an orphanage in Tanzania in order to educate the rest of the world to what life is like for them.

KWN 2019 National Winners (Secondary)

1. I’m Okay

  • Country: United States of America
    School: Maui High School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: A teenage girl who is trying to accept herself, lets other influences get in the way.

2. Mirage

  • Country: UAE
    School: Elite Private School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: The video raises awareness of the consequences of excessive social media use, especially the way smart phones distract us from reality.

3. Treasure

  • Country: Malaysia
    School: Tok Janggut Secondary School
    Theme: Ecology
    Details: We are shown the importance of throwing rubbish in their proper dust bins. The students help their peer learn about the growing issue of waste in Malaysia.

4. Sport for Living [Boxing for Life]

  • Country: Thailand
    School: Ammartpanichnukul School
    Theme: Sports
    Details: Rak a grade student competes in boxing competitions in order to take care of his family.

5. The Gold Carp

  • Country: Vietnam
    School: Archimedes Academy
    Theme: Ecology
    Details: Students show us how to free a gold fish while raising awareness of water pollution on the environment.

6. Made by You

  • Country: Hong Kong
    School: CCC Fong Yuh Wah Secondary School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: Through a mother’s flashbacks, this film tells the story of a secondary student losing his life to drug abuse.

7. New Friend

  • Country: Japan
    School: Tachikawa School for the Deaf
    Theme: Communication
    Details: This video shows us loneliness and joy that everyone experiences. A story of a friendship when a deaf person joins a new school.

8. On the Road

  • Country: Tanzania
    School: Sole Secondary School
    Theme: Communication
    Details: By telling Herman’s story, the children of Tanzania shows us that education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.

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