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History of KWN

KWN (Kid Witness News) program started with 19 public schools in the United States in 1989. During the 1990´s, the program spread throughout the U.S. and Canada, and with the dawn of the 21st century, the expansion reached a global scale.
From around 2005 onward, workshops were organized to present kids with video shooting and film-making lessons by professionals.
2014 marked the 25th anniversary of KWN. Itís our sincere wish that the programís global exchange activities continue to expand with the participation of children from even more countries and regions.

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1989 The KWN program started in the United States. -
1991 KWN began in Canada. View
2002 KWN programs were launched in Japan, Europe, and Asia.
2004 International Award established. At this point, an accumulated total of more than 70,000 children had participated from around the world.
2005 An "EXPO 2005 Special Contest" was held in conjunction with the "EXPO 2005 Aichi Japan". View
2006 An official "KWN Forum" started on the Internet. View
2007 International exchanges among KWN schools increased. View
2008 The annual KWN Global Contest was officially established. View
2009 KWN's 20th anniversary View
2010 Video archive site with a search engine "KWN Global Library" was launched.
An International exchange using Panasonicís HD Visual Communication System was held between Japan and Canada.
2011 KWN Global Contest Awards ceremony was held in Hollywood, U.S.A. View
2012 KWN Global Contest Awards ceremony was held in London, U.K View
2013 KWN Global Contest Global Awards Ceremony was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. View
2014 KWNís 25th anniversary

The 2014 KWN Global Contest Global Awards Ceremony was held at the Panasonic Corporation of North America Headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. The United States is the original home of KWN which started 25 years ago.

Number of kids that have participated - a total of 175,000 As of March 2015, Kids from more than 553 schools in 19 countries/region have participated. The number of children cultivating their communication skills and learning the importance of teamwork by creating KWN videos is increasing by 5,000 to 10,000 annually.

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