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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
Teachers’ Photo Contest Winners Announced
Editorial Contact: Sue Williams, Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section - Email

04-08-2003 11:05 pm Auckland (New Zealand)– Schools in Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, Lebanon, Burkina Faso and Slovenia have won the top prizes in an International Photo Contest for Teachers, organized by UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). The winners were announced here Sunday at the Navigators for Peace Congress celebrating ASPnet’s 50th anniversary. The contest – ASPnet is Action - was launched as part of the anniversary activities. Forty-eight schools in five regions submitted photos of students as seen by their teachers. Apart from the five winners, an international jury also awarded 15 special and 20 honourable mentions, including three in the Congress host country, New Zealand.

“It is an exceptional collection that highlights the teacher-student relationship at the heart of learning,” said UNESCO Assistant-Director General for Education John Daniel at the prize-giving ceremony.

The ASPnet today unites more than 7,500 schools in over 170 countries. “Its core purpose is to use real schools as places to test ways of achieving some of UNESCO’s key goals among young people” Mr Daniel said.

Those goals include education for justice, liberty, peace. “It rolls easily off the tongue, but, sadly, is still considered subversive in many countries, including some with ASPnet schools,” said the Assistant Director General, who reminded delegates that “the very purpose of ASPnet is to be a local expression of UNESCO values and it should affirm them – especially if they challenge the established order.”

Some 200 delegates from over 97 countries are attending the Congress, which will review the network’s successes and weaknesses over the past half-century, and chart future directions.

The winning photos are available on request from
A.Bailey@unesco.org or N.Burke@unesco.org

Contact in Auckland

Alison Bartley or Carole van Grondelle
for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.
Telephone: +64 (0)4 380 9223, +64 (0)4 384 3650
or by mobile phone at +64 (0)274 436 123 and +64 (0)272 555 400

Source Press Release No.2003-48

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