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China and Japan Won the Grand Prixs in Panasonic KWN Global Contest 2017


KWN Global Awards Ceremony was held in Tokyo as part of the KWN Global Summit 2017


Osaka, Japan

Panasonic Corporation held the awards ceremony for the Kid Witness News (KWN) Global Contest 2017 on August 4 in Tokyo. This year the Grand Prix in the Primary Category was won by "One day of Beijing Kids," the video of Beijing Haidian Wanquan Primary School of China, while the Grand Prix in the Secondary Category was won by "Open.," the video of Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki Senior High School.

 

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The KWN Global Contest 2017 was held with 18 countries/region students as part of the KWN Global Sum ...

The KWN Global Contest 2017 was held with 18 countries/region students as part of the KWN Global Summit 2017 Week. (Photo: Business Wire)

The 26 first-place works in each country for the global contest this year were particularly notable for the degree to which they depicted the diverse societies and real world that children live in, from their own perspective as children, dealing with themes such as school, family, persons with disabilities, patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, sports, and the joy of creating video works.

 

"One day of Beijing Kids," the Grand Prix-winning work in the Primary Category, by Beijing Haidian Wanquan Primary School, highlighted the hardships of children in Beijing who spend morning to night busy with study and activities. This work probes at the core of what children really want to do, as they are caught up in their own busy lives.

 

"Open.," the Grand Prix winner in the Secondary Category, by Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki Senior High School, was shot as a silent film without spoken dialogue to convey the message that there are things that can be communicated even without words. It shows us that communication is the best way for people to become closer to one another, with the ability to open up closed hearts even with unconscious behavior.

 

The awards ceremony this time was held as part of the first-ever KWN Global Summit 2017 Week. KWN Global Summit 2017 was held from August 1 to 5 in Tokyo, bringing together approximately 100 representatives from 26 schools in 18 countries involved in the KWN Global Contest. The awards ceremony on August 4 announced and presented the Global Citizenship Award and six other awards, and finally the Grand Prix. At the KWN Global Summit 2017, the Kid Journalists representing various countries gathered information about their own country, other countries, and Tokyo to present their own proposal to a future society.

 

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's contest stimulates children's interest in sports under the current themes of "Environment," "Communication," and "Sports."

 

Panasonic will contribute to the development of the required qualities and skills to live in the future society and global talent. From this perspective, Panasonic will give its full support to children and youth through KWN and other activities to enable them to show all of their skills and potential as they strive toward their dreams and the future.

 
 

● Brief summaries of the KWN 2017 works (Listed alphabetically by country name)

Award   Country/school/title   Topic/details
Primary Category (primary schools)

Grand Prix and
Best K-Factor
Award

 

[China]
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  

Best
Storytelling
Award

 

[Malaysia]
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  

True
Sportsmanship
Award

 

[Thailand]
Assumption Samutprakarn
School

  Sports: The main character of the video learns about sportsmanship and paying respect to one's opponent.
  The Winner  
Secondary Category (junior high and high schools)

Best Editing
Award

 

[Germany]
Wirsberg-Gymnasium

  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.
  Attention Film!  

Grand Prix and
Best Concept
Award

 

[Japan]
Fukushima Prefectural
Iwaki Senior High School

  Communication: The video without words shows communication is the best way of bringing people closer together.
  Open.  

Creative Media
Award

 

[Thailand]
Montfort College

  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.
  Dead End  

Global Citizens
Award

 

[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 getting back on their feet with the support of those around them.
  Afflictions  

* The final seven nominated works can be seen on the official KWN website.

 

● What is KWN?
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.

 

* Participants: 18 countries and region (in alphabetical order)

 
 
North America   Canada, United States
Latin America   Brazil, Panama
Europe   Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
Middle East/Africa   Oman, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates
Asia   China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
 

About Panasonic
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: http://www.panasonic.com/global.

 

 
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