The World Education Games will be taking a break in 2014 from official competition and returning in March 2015. This includes all 3 events of the Games:
– World Literacy Day
– World Maths Day
– World Science Day
From here on, the World Education Games will be a biannual event, taking place in March 2015, 2017, 2019, etc. The Exact dates for 2015 will be announced a year in advance, in March 2014. By moving the World Education Games to every second year, we are ensuring the event’s future success by allowing all involved a year’s break. We have big plans for the World Education Games 2015 and the extra time we have to prepare will allow us to put these plans into place.
Selection of Student Ambassadors for the World Education Games 2015 will begin in the second half of 2014. Keep checking the World Education Games website and blog for updates on this.
In 2015 the World Education Games will continue to partner with UNICEF. All participating schools will be encouraged to donate a UNICEF School-in-a-Box (US $236) to help provide education to children in poverty and emergency affected regions of the world. All schools that donate a UNICEF School-in-a-Box will go into a prize draw to win a UNICEF field trip to Zimbabwe in 2015. Details for the UNICEF School-in-a-Box prize draw will be available on the World Education Games website closer to the event date.
Earlier in the year Cempaka Schools has had the honour of receiving our World Education Games Awards from Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister of Malaysia. This event was covered by the Editor of our school’s Young Journalists Club. Continue reading to know more about award ceremony!
On the 28th of May 2013, Principals, teachers and students of Cempaka Schools Malaysia made their way to the Ministry of Education to attend a prestigious Prize- Giving Ceremony, held in honour of Malaysian top achievers in the recent World Education Games 2013 (WEG) as well as to acknowledge Cempaka’s consistent and outstanding achievements in this competition. The event was graced by Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, our Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, and also Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching and P. Kamalanathan, the respective Deputy Education Ministers. Others present were Mr Paul McMahon, Regional Manager of 3P Learning Australia, the School Founder, Dato’ Freida Mohd Pilus, Datuk Hamzah Abdul Majid, Chairman of Cempaka Holdings, Dr Iskandar Rizal, Chairman of Cempaka Schools and other officials from the Ministry of Education. The ceremony opened with a prayer reading by Daniel Muhammad Syafiq, the ‘Champion of Champions’. Proceeding this was the Education Minister’s speech where he congratulated Cempaka for our impressive feat and added that our repeated success in the WEG demonstrated that Malaysian students could become world champions.
“Winning nine world trophies within the span of five years, Cempaka has thus established a strong academic reputation, benchmarked internationally,” he added. He commended Cempaka’s triumphant win and expressed hope that their success will inspire other schools nationwide, calling it a school of international class.
This was followed by the presentation of medals to the top ten students in the world in their respective categories; Science, Mathematics and Literacy. Students of Cempaka Schools dominated the charts whereby 8 out of 10 champion team titles were won by us! It was indeed an honour to have the Minister present the awards.
A symbolic presentation of the World Cup trophies ensued, marking a proud moment for our country. Mr Paul McMahon presented the trophies to the Education Minister, who then handed over the trophies to Dato’ Freida. Cempaka Schools has proved its mettle by winning the coveted World Education Games Cup for two consecutive years, beating competitors of 5.1 million children from 30000 schools from over 226 countries across the world. This achievement was indeed meaningful as Cempaka commemorates its 30th anniversary. The Hall of Fame proudly displays many Malaysian flags that stand out prominently, as testimony to the world that truly “Nothing is Impossible”.
In addition, Daniel Muhammad Syafiq received a medal for being the student who scored the highest points across all three WEG events, and was awarded the title of ‘Champion of Champions’. Daniel ranked 1st in the world for World Science Day, 2nd in World Literacy Day, and 9th for World Maths Day. He had earlier received the award from Mr Peter Garrett, Education Minister of Australia during a ceremony held in March in Sydney. Congratulations Daniel and well done!
To mark the auspicious occasion, everyone was invited on stage for a group photo! It was a joyous moment captured when all the prize winners proudly held up their minted medals and certificates, with the younger students waving Malaysian flags in the air and the proud teachers flashing their big smiles on their faces. This marked a milestone in our country’s history.
This year, Cempaka also contributed towards sponsoring 120 underprivileged children under UNICEF’s School-In-A-Box initiative, something we hope to continue to play a part in, in the years to come.
It was an extremely celebrated and memorable morning. Kudos to all participants of the World Education Games 2013!
Hi everyone! I’m Daksh C from Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls’ Public School, Jodhpur, India. This year I got 10th Rank in World Literacy Day, 36th Rank in World Maths Day and 47th Rank in World Science Day in 8-10 age group. Huge thank you to the WEG Team for my gold medal and certificates!
When the school reopens in July 2013, the above will be presented to me in a special school assembly, as was done in year 2012 when I was luck enough to have received 2 Gold Medals and 3 Certificates from WEG. Have a look at my photo with Gold Medal and Certificates:
Once again, thank you very much to the WEG Team and don’t forget, students around the world … it’s never too early to start getting ready for the next year’s World Education Games!
Well done to Sidarth A from Laude San Pedro International College, Spain, who recently received his well deserved World Maths Day medal and certificates at a special school presentation!
We received this email from his proud teacher today:
“As part of all of his amazing accomplishments with mathematics this year, Sidarth was presented with two certificates and an engraved shiny silver medal from the people at World Maths Day 2013 for achieving 27th place in his age category out of over 2 million international participants! How impressive!!!!
Who will be the World Maths Day champion in primary in 2014?
All of primary are very proud of Sidarth’s achievements and really wish him continued success and enjoyment in secondary.
Thank you Sidarth. Primary will miss you.”
Eugene de Comarmond – Primary Maths Co-ordinator at Laude San Pedro International College, San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain.
Congratulations to all our prize-winners from the team at 3P Learning!
Singapore’s Stamford American International School students competed in the World Education Games (WEGs) and consistently made their way into the top 50 of competing schools.
Stamford American International School (Stamford) students proved themselves a force to be reckoned with as they competed in the World Education Games (WEGs). They consistently made their way into the top 50 and constituted higher participation than any other competing schools in Singapore, both international and local. An annual event, the WEGs takes place over three days and focuses on the key academic areas of literacy, mathematics, and science. This year, from March 5 to 7, Stamford students participated in math and spelling competitions.
In these competitions, students are categorized based on age and then given various problems to complete. Participants used the Mathletics program for math and the Spellodrome program to test spelling. While the Mathletics program is designed to increase mental agility and math problem solving, the Spellodrome program develops students’ spelling and word skills.
Each student competes in real time against up to three other students in his or her age group from around the world. This gives participants the ability to see how they compare to peers from diverse geographic regions.
Stamford was the highest achieving out of any participating school in Singapore. Of the top 50 students in each of the age groups in the spelling competition, over one third were Stamford students. There were similarly high statistics from the mathematics competition. For ages 7 and under, Stamford students took 28 of the top 50 spots. Of the top 10 classes for the math competition, Stamford accounted for 9 spots.
Even on an individual level, Stamford students did exceedingly well. The number one speller in Singapore in the 11-13 year-old age group was a Stamford student. In the mathematics competition, another Stamford student in the 11-13 year-old age group made the top 10. This vast success is due to Stamford’s well-developed and demanding academic programs. Stamford integrates the International Baccalaureate (IB) program with the rigorous American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards.
Providing the best of American and International education, Stamford’s academic program focuses on the development of the whole student and creates life-long learners through its emphasis on inquiry. Stamford uses these principles to create a strong language arts program, designed to help students acquire the ability to write and speak well while also gaining valuable listening and reading skills. Problem solving and mathematical computation skills are also strengthened by rigorous mathematics courses which are designed to encourage analytical thinking.
Stamford further emphasizes mathematics through a special supplementary math program called Math Enrichment. This Elementary School program is in addition to the core math classes and focuses on the AERO Mathematical Process of problem solving, reasoning and communication. The unique Math Enrichment program provides Stamford students with an extra opportunity to enhance their mathematical skills and increase their confidence. Stamford’s success in the WEGs math competition is proof of the impact this program has had in giving Stamford students a competitive advantage in math.
Beyond the quantifiable results, the WEGs competition proved to be a great learning experience for Stamford’s students overall. More than just math and spelling, it also allowed students to gain a broader perspective of the world. Students’ competed against other students from various countries all over the world and Stamford teachers used this opportunity to spark interest in geography, review world maps and create an international dialogue.
The competition also gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency using the latest technology. Students used their 1 to 1 iPad or MacBook Pro devices to take the test online and employed the skills they’ve gained in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) class. According to ICT teacher, Mr. Ben Gavel, Stamford is likely to participate in the WEGs again next year, “Not only do the kids enjoy it, but the World Education Games are a perfect representation of what Stamford stands for – international education using the most up-to-date technology.”
(Courtesy of PR Web, Singapore)
Six-year-old Joshua Toon, a Twizel Area School student, was ranked 75th in the world in the ages 4 to 7 science section of the competition, created by Australian-based company 3PL Learning.
Proud father Trevor Toon said Joshua also picked up a silver medal for reaching second place in New Zealand in the mathematics section, and a bronze medal for reaching third in science.
“It’s pretty cool for a kid in our region.”
Joshua completed the competition online on his parents’ computer at home.
Competitors are given questions to answer within one minute and earn points for each question answered correctly. After completing each round they move on to the next level. It takes about an hour to complete the test.
Mr Toon said Joshua was a “gifted” child and had a reading age of 11. With a Sri Lankan mother, English is Joshua’s second language.
3PL learning marketing manager Liam Kerr said it was a “very impressive effort”.
“He answered a lot of questions in a very short amount of time.”
There are 200 countries involved in the competition and 20,000 school students from New Zealand between the ages of 5 and 18 that participated this year.
(Courtesy of The Timaru Herald, NZ by Rosa Studholme)
MCLAREN Vale teenager Aaron Herrman, 15, has defeated more than one million teenagers worldwide to finish second in an online maths competition.
The Seaford 6-12 School student, 15, who has autism, is now busy fine-tuning his skills for a national competition later this year after taking second place in UNICEF’s (the UN Children’s Fund’s) World Education Games.
Aaron’s mother Melinda said she and her husband Nigel were “literally bursting at the seams with pride”.
“We could not be more proud of him … it’s just amazing,” she said. “There is talent in every special-needs child.”
Aaron, who has limited speech, came second in the 14-18 age group in the March world championships. The winner, Ali Husnain, from Pakistan, defeated 1,168,237 contestants from 226 countries. Mrs Herrmann said her son, who can solve a complicated maths equation before most adults have finished reading the question, had always been “obsessed” with numbers. “When he was young, he was always carrying around something with numbers on it,” she said. “Maths is his comfort.”
Aaron entered the World Education Games this year after finishing first in the Commonwealth Bank Australian Maths Challenge last year, ahead of 449,315 primary and high school students across the country.
He will now turn his focus to the next national games in September, where he hopes to hold on to his top spot.
(Courtesy of The Australian, Lia Harris Southern Times Messenger, The Advertiser).
“Uniting Pakistan in Learning”
Pakistan gathered to celebrate their success in this year’s World Education Games which was organised at Sukh Cha’n, Lahore. It was a great experience watching all the winners from Pakistan unite to celebrate their achievements. We are thankful to our Chief Guests for making it a notable event.
The World Education Games team and UNICEF are delighted to announce that Oak House School (Barcelona, Spain) is the prize-draw winning school for this year’s UNICEF School in a Box Program.
CONGRATULATIONS OAK HOUSE SCHOOL!
We also need to commend Oak House School for their amazing donation to this initiative of €10,328 … OR 60 SCHOOL-IN-A-BOX KITS! Each kit gives 80 children in poverty/emergency stricken regions the opportunity to receive an education. This means that Oak House School’s donations have impacted 4,800 children.
Two lucky students, two parents and a teacher from the school will go on the field trip to UNICEF’s projects in Laos in November 2013. They will see first hand how all the donations are making a difference in the lives of the student communities who receive these School-in-a-Boxes. Check out last year’s field trip video, for an idea of the kind of experience these lucky students will have! We look forward to sharing images and videos from this trip with you all, so that you too can see the fantastic opportunities your efforts and donations have afforded the children of Laos. Thank you to all of the students, schools and teachers around the world who participated in this Program. We look forward to seeing you all again for the World Education Games 2014!
“We were amazed and shocked to hear that we had won the WEG/UNICEF school-in-a-box competition. All of the staff, pupils, governors and parents are very excited about the trip to Laos and the great experience it will be for everyone who is going. All of the children from Year 2 – Year 7 took part in the World Maths Day challenge by completing a specially made booklet with a range of Maths questions in (maximum 200). They then all asked their friends and family to sponsor them to complete as many questions as possible within 30 minutes. The children loved the challenge and competition within each class/year group. Children from Nursery 1 to Year 1 also took part by completing set Maths games or challenges in class and again asking friends and relatives for sponsors. This year all of the pupils also wore a special t-shirt for the day with a number on. This ranged from football shirts, basketball shirts to handmade specially created World Maths Day t-shirts.”
~ Andrew Richards, Teacher at Oak House School.