Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Development Youth Prize 2008/2009: Creativity meets Africa

“Human development” in Africa is the challenging topic of the Development Youth Prize 2008-2009. The current edition of the competition is now online and open for new submissions.

In the year of Creativity and Innovation, the European competition invites students aged 16 - 18 to highlight their creative views on Africa.

All contributions must include two parts: a short message of maximum 100 characters concerning the subject of the competition and an artwork in the form of a poster or a video. The video should not be longer than 3 minutes and the visual part can be a drawing, painting, collage etc. All artworks must be sent to Brussels by 31 May 2009.

Selected by a high-level jury, national winners and runners-up will be awarded with a two-day stay in Stockholm, in the framework of the next European Development Days. The winners will also visit an African country, getting a first hand experience of European aid programmes.

More information, including the guide for teachers, are available at: http://www.dyp2008.org/

The Development Youth Prize represents a unique opportunity for students as well as an extensive learning resource for teachers. In the words of previous participants, “the Development Youth Prize is a true eye-opening experience”. The winners of the last edition and their teachers are now about taking part to a four-day trip to Zambia, where they will join Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development. Being involved in a rich programme of visits, the students will observe and discover European actions in the field.

About the Development Youth Prize: The Development Youth Prize for schools is organised by European Schoolnet (http://www.europeanschoolnet.org/) and supported by the European Commission's DG Development (http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/development/index_en.htm). It has been organised since 2006, with the theme changing each year.

Information provided by Sylvia Binger, European Schoolnet, and Lucyna Knopik, DG Development

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