Press Release

Achieve and Unite: Youth Worldwide Become Digital Story Tellers Showcasing Local Community Achievements

[SAN DIEGO - May 20, 2004] 430 schools worldwide representing 300,000 students from 43 countries participated in Global SchoolNet's International Schools CyberFair competition this year.

The theme for CyberFair 2004 was 'Achieve and Unite!' and encouraged youth to "take action" in order to improve their lives and unite their communities. The top projects originated from Taiwan, Canada, Latvia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Stories showcased people and programs that are actively providing solutions or solving problems. One project told about the unique history of Riga, Latvia, through its monuments and the words of the people who lived through the Soviet times. Another told of the Bangladesh community effort to achieve sustainable development. Taiwanese projects ranged from the accomplishments of indigenous mountain dwellers to the amazing world of b ees. And, from Malaysia the changing seasons were represented by the sound of drums.

"In a world that is globally connected, there is enormous value in using the Internet to collaboratively learn with others, " said Yvonne Marie Andres, president and co-founder of Global SchoolNet.

Entries were reviewed by a panel of distinguished international judges from countries such as Israel, Australia, and Germany. Regional affiliate programs were run in throughout the USA - and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Poland, Ghana and Cameroon.

International Schools CyberFair is an award-winning, authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. Youth conduct research and publish their findings on the Web. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local s pecialties. This White House endorsed program encourages youth to become community ambassadors by working collaboratively and using technology to share what they have learned. Students evaluate each other's projects by using a unique online evaluation tool. Winning schools receive ImageBlender software from Tech4Learning.

Now in its 9th year, the annual contest has involved more than one million students from 4,500 schools in 100 countries and is the longest running international cyber event for schools. For more information about CyberFair visit http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/cf

The Philippine Schools Cyberfair 2005 to be launched in the latter part of this year will have an elementary competition division and teachers award aside from the high school division.

The 2004 International Schools Cyberfair winners list can be found at http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/gsh/cf/winners/winners2004.html

Four Philippine schools made it as winners in the International Schools Cyberfair this year. The winners from the Philippines are:

The Philippine Schools CyberFair Project (http://www.cyberfair.ph) is an initiative of DigitalFilipino.com (http://www.digitalfilipino.com). The ISP sponsor for this project is Web Philippines (http://www.webphilippines.com).

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