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Exchange program "Video Meet" between Japan and Vietnam
An international KWN exchange program "Video Meet" was held between Hakozaki Junior High School in Fukuoka and Wellspring International School in Vietnam. 14 members from Japan and 18 members from Vietnam participated in this event. The HD Visual Communications System was used to connect the Panasonic showrooms in Fukuoka and Vietnam.
Through the Panasonic HD Visual Communications System, they enjoyed a sense of reality such that there was no feeling of distance.
First, the students showed a video about their schools, and shared their impressions and experiences of participating in the KWN program. Wearing brightly colored "Ao dai" costumes, the Vietnamese students performed a traditional dance. The Japanese students presented a quiz in English, mainly on Japanese culture. There was an active and fulfilling exchange throughout, with the event lasting longer than planned.
KWN Brazil Awards Ceremony
The KWN 2012 Awards Ceremony was held on February 19, 2013, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Approximately 190 members from 10 schools participated in the awards ceremony organized by Panabras, who rented an entire movie theater in Sao Paulo for the occasion. The students from each school were overjoyed to see their production on the huge theater screen. The Grand Prix went to a video named "Entre vozes" (Between voices) created by Colegio Guilherme Dumont Villares. The video portrayed various social activities for people with hearing impediments.
Nagawa Junior High School Wins Grand Prix Award in Japan
The winners of the Grand Prix Award were selected by KWN Japan on February 18. This year, a total of 71 elementary and middle schools from all over Japan participated in the KWN program. It was very hard to pick just a single video as the winner. After thorough judging, a video titled "The Girls Who Crossed Nomugi Pass," produced by Nagawa Junior High School in Nagano Prefecture, received the First Place Award. This video explores the history of events that took place on a steep and rugged mountain pass in their region, and seeks to tell the world about some important things that were learnt and how they apply to life today. This is the school's second Grand Prix, following the one they received in 2010. The video will be entered into the KWN Global Contest 2013.
Awards Ceremony Held in Russia
The KWN 2012 Awards Ceremony was held on February 9, 2013, in Moscow, Russia. A total of 120 kids and teachers from all over Russia attended. In addition to Panasonic Russia CEO Shigeo Suzuki, a representative from the Ministry of Education and Science gave a welcome speech. The Grand Prix was awarded to a video named "Birds' rebellion" by the TV Studio "Jolly heels" Yaroslavl team. The video tells a story of birds leading the way to save the earth from environmental pollution and destruction.
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