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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO announce winners of Worldwide School Contest
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  • 16-09-2004 7:00 am EMBARGOED UNTIL 7.00 PM GMT SEPTEMBER 19, 2004
    Teams of school students from Azerbaijan and Nigeria win first prize in the Mondialogo School Contest.
    A German team with its partner school from Kuwait takes second place; third place goes to school students from Fiji and the Czech Republic.
    The Jury chaired by Paulo Coelho awards a Special Prize to teams from Ghana and Mexico.

    Stuttgart/Paris/Barcelona – The three winners of the largest worldwide school contest, the “Mondialogo School Contest”, were announced this evening during a “Mondialogo Symposium” organized by DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO in Barcelona. An international Jury comprising Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, former President of Iceland Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Lebanese composer Marcel Khalifé, Japanese painter Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola and Malian scientist Cheick Modibo Diarra selected the winners from among 50 finalists from 36 countries.

    First place was awarded to the partner team from Azerbaijan and Nigeria, who developed a joint intercultural game and illustrated their daily life for their partner school in pictures. The two schools were each awarded a cash prize of 1,500 euros.

    “I was always a bad school student, unless I was able to learn through games,” Mr Coelho commented. “Then I not only enjoyed learning but have actually retained what I learnt up to today. Even if the “Mondialogo School Contest” does generally have a playful aspect, the two partner teams from Azerbaijan and Nigeria managed to bring this idea across in an outstanding way.”

    The German team took second place with their partner school from Kuwait. Under their project, the students exchanged information about their cultural environments and jointly created an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”, in which the action in the play is transferred to Berlin’s Zoo Station and a central location in Kuwait. The highlight of the project work came with performances of the play in Berlin and Kuwait. “I personally find this project especially moving,” said Jury member Countess Klossowska de Rola. “Two countries like

    Germany and Kuwait, which actually have very little in common, have managed to create something completely new with their adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. That makes this project so particularly impressive.”

    Third prize went to the school partnership from Fiji and the Czech Republic. “The cooperation between Fiji and the Czech Republic is wonderful proof of how two peoples very distant from another can come closer together,” said Ms Finnbogadottir. One feature the Jury found particularly noteworthy was the survey conducted by the school students from the Czech Republic in which the young people compared lifestyles in the two countries and published them on their website. In addition, the Fijian team designed a colourful album to describe traditional elements of their culture.

    The Jury also awarded a Special Prize to the partner team from Ghana and Mexico. The students wrote a song about the deadly disease of Aids and the beauty of life. The Lebanese composer Khalifé explained: “I was deeply moved by this song. The rhythm touched my heart.”

    More than 24,000 school students in 1,466 teams from 126 countries took part in the “Mondialogo School Contest”. Their key task was to develop a creative project with the school students from their partner school drawn by lot. The main communication for the contest is via the Internet Portal at www.mondialogo.org.

    The “Mondialogo School Contest“ is part of the initiative “Mondialogo – Intercultural Dialogue and Exchange”, which was launched in October 2003 by DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO in order to promote more understanding, respect and tolerance between civilizations and to encourage young people of differing cultural backgrounds to communicate with each other.

    For further information about the Mondialogo Symposium in Barcelona and the Mondialogo School Contest go to: www.mondialogo.org/schoolcontest.

    Source Press Release No 2004 - 87
    Author(s) UNESCOPRESS

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