DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO launch MondialogoParis/Stuttgart - DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO have launched the “Mondialogo School Contest” and “Mondialogo Engineering Award” to promote intercultural dialogue and exchange, respect and tolerance. The contest and award are the two main pillars of a partnership between UNESCO and the German-American automobile company, known as Mondialogo. The initiative also involves the dedicated “Mondialogo Internet Portal” to promote broader participation and sharing of knowledge and experience.
“Mondialogo is about learning to live together, which has become a key challenge of this new century,” said UNESCO Director-General and one of the two patrons of Mondialogo, Koïchiro Matsuura. “By encouraging young people to interact with their peers from other parts of the world, Mondialogo will help them to know and understand each other better. By working together and solving problems together, young people can set an example for everyone to follow.”
“As a global company, we know how important it is for people of different origin, language, upbringing and culture to learn how to interact with each other in an open manner and without reservation. With Mondialogo, we are offering school students and young engineers the chance to exchange views and experience with people of the same age throughout the world, the chance to establish networks and make friends” said Jürgen E. Schrempp, Chairman of the Board of Management at DaimlerChrysler and also Mondialogo patron.
The “Mondialogo School Contest”, while focused on almost 4,000 secondary schools that are members of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet), is also open to secondary schools in all other countries. Students aged 15 to 18 years can register until the end of the year. Each participating school will form a partnership with a school from another continent, to work on a project that will involve in-depth dialogue between them.
All forms of expression and media are permitted: schools may develop a game, compose a piece of music, create a work of art, record a video film, compile a photographic documentary or a collage, print a newspaper, write a story, play or poem, design an article of clothing or jewellery or create an internet page. All subject areas considered suitable by the participating schools are possible.
An international jury will judge the entries, which must be sent by June 30, 2004, and select 25 particularly remarkable teams, from which two “delegates” will be invited, along with a supervising teacher, to participate in the International Mondialogo Symposium, which will be held in Barcelona (Spain) in September 2004. The three best teams will receive a cash prize of 500, 1,000 or 1,500 Euros to be used for the benefit of their school.
The “Mondialogo Engineering Award” aims to get students from over 6,000 universities in developed and developing countries working together on sustainable development projects, focussed on the following themes: water supply, food production and processing, housing and shelter, sanitation and waste management, medicine and health care, energy development, transportation and mobility, communication, industry and manufacturing, development of natural resources, emergency and disaster response and reconstruction. An international jury will select the top entries and decide on the final distribution of 20 “Mondialogo Engineering Awards” in March 2005, each of which carries a purse of 15,000 Euros.
Although the internet should be used as the preferred means of communication for both the “Mondialogo School Contest” and the “Mondialogo Engineering Award”, and should become the main meeting point, participants that are not connected are encouraged to communicate by fax, telephone or post.
A special internet portal at www.mondialogo.org has been created for this partnership, where everybody can consult information on cultural diversity and make contacts worldwide. Moreover, contest participants can present themselves and their ideas and projects and conduct exchanges with team partners.