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.
The World Education Games team is delighted to announce that the process of verifying all prospective winners from the events is now complete.
Congratulations to the winning countries, schools and students! Take a look at all of the student and class winners from around the world here.
You can also check out the website for updated Halls of Fame here.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE MILLIONS OF STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD WHO TOOK PART…
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
We are delighted to report that Spellodrome (the creators behind World Literacy Day) have recently launched a set of groundbreaking FREE Visual Literacy Teacher Resources. These resources have been designed to cover all age-groups between 4-18yrs and are intended for use all around the world. They have included images and themes from our charity partner, UNICEF, to bridge the subjects of literacy, visual literacy and values education.
As technology advances and society becomes more digital, children are getting exposed more and more frequently (and at younger ages) to images, making the need for visual literacy more and more important as time goes on. In turn, these children are also exposed to these increased images in a less controlled manner than before.
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, extending the meaning of literacy, which commonly signifies interpretation of a written or printed text. Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be communicated through a process of reading. (Source: Wikipedia)
To accompany these resources, Spellodrome is also offering a special FREE TRIAL offer.. click here to sign up for this free trial today!
See below a sneak peek:
The final minutes of World Science Day have ticked away & the World Education Games has officially ended for 2013. HUGE congratulations to everyone who took part.
The Halls of Fame have been frozen, and the team has begun the task of verifying all scores have been achieved fairly and according to the rules. Keep an eye on the website – final winners and results will be revealed next week.
In the meantime, well done – and don’t forget to print your achievement certificates!
Victoria International School of Sharjah takes part in Guinness World Record attempt
VISS Primary School student and World Education Games UAE Ambassador, Zeena Zahidah, leads the way with tablet computers
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – Sharjah, UAE: This week, students of Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS) have been taking part in an official Guinness World Record attempt to achieve the greatest participation in an online game. Using tablet computers, they were encouraged to participate in the UNICEF World Education Games (WEG) by Grade 4 fellow student Zeena Zahidah, who was selected as one of two WEG Ambassadors for the Middle East.
Yesterday’s World Literacy Day saw hundreds of senior and primary VISS students aged from four to 18 bring in their tablet computers from home and get involved, challenging students from across the world in the online literacy competition. In the build-up to the three-day challenge, VISS students were shown how to download the necessary free apps onto their tablet computers and they have been honing their skills, practicing with the online warm-up activities. The games continue today with World Maths Day, and tomorrow with World Science Day.
Zeena is part of VISS’s challenging Enrichment and Extension Program, designed to enrich the curriculum in the Primary School, particularly creativity and rigor in Science, Mathematics and Technology. She was nominated for the coveted ambassador role by Graham Gordon, the school’s Enrichment and Extension Specialist, for being an academically versatile all-rounder and for her excellent problem solving ability, interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for her studies.
“The World Education Games is run by the same organization that operates Mathletics and the Middle East Math Challenge, which are very popular with the students, so we knew they would be keen to get involved in this exciting challenge as well,” said Graham Gordon – Extension & Enrichment Coordinator. “This has been an extremely valuable opportunity for Zeena, and for the whole school, to represent education in the region on the world stage.”
As well as the games being an enjoyable and challenging Enrichment and Extension activity, WEG also provided the opportunity for the students of VISS to fundraise for the UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) “School-in-a-Box” project. The project provides a ready-made kit of classroom supplies and materials to schools where children’s access has been limited by poverty and/or crisis. Each School-in-a-Box gives around 80 children the opportunity to start school and will have an immediate, tangible impact in poor communities. VISS students were asked to each bring in a donation of AED 10 to participate in the games.
“I was very excited and honored when I was chosen to be an ambassador.” said Zeena “I liked that we were helping UNICEF provide education materials for children around the world less fortunate than us at VISS through the School-In-A-Box project. My role as World Education Ambassador for the UAE meant that I had to encourage students, not just from VISS, but also from all over the UAE, and the Middle East to participate in the games and raise money for UNICEF. I created an online Ambassador profile, spoke on assembly and wrote three posts for the official WEG blog. It’s pretty scary speaking on assembly but I really enjoyed it” says Zeena.
About Victoria International School Sharjah: The Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS) – a school which seeks to be the leading school in the region, was established by The Ruler of Sharjah; His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, in conjunction with the State of Victoria, in Australia, to provide students with an excellent all-round education so they can become responsible global citizens as the leaders of tomorrow. At VISS, we are committed to providing each student with powerful, lifelong learning tools in an ever-challenging and personally rewarding environment. To be a student at VISS means to access opportunity – the opportunity to learn, develop and excel.
My name is Noof Tarig from Doha, Qatar and I’m one of the Middle-East Ambassadors for the World Education Games 2013.
I am a student of Al Maha Academy for Girls. My school has unique characteristics. It is recognized as a British school with Islamic identity.
When the news came that I was being chosen as an Ambassador, I felt myself privileged and honored. I remember that we took part in a maths competition in 2012 and we came third in Qatar. It was a great experience for us all and we learned lots of things.
Now we are gearing up for World Math Day. My team is busy making posters and displays to motivate our school students. Next week I will address other primary and secondary students and encourage them to be part of this competition. I am sure this is going to be another exciting opportunity for us and a great learning process.
Good luck to all!
Hello and greetings to all, from the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).
I am Zeena Zahidah, the U.A.E Ambassador for the UNICEF World Education Games. At my school, (Victoria International School of Sharjah – VISS) I am, with the help of my friends (Latifa, Anastasiya, Noor, Kris and Annanya) encouraging all students in the Senior and Primary sections of the school to participate in the World Education Games and fundraise and donate to the UNICEF School-In-A-Box project. As part of this I spoke to the school assembly last week and have put information in this week’s newsletter.
The School-In-A-Box project is a wonderful program that is run by UNICEF which provides education materials for children around the world less fortunate than us at VISS. In my role as the UAE Ambassador for WEG I encourage all students, not just the U.A.E. but throughout the whole Middle-East, to get their school involved and to raise money for UNICEF.
The excitement as the Games approach is building. Students are downloading the apps and doing the warm up activities. Already quite a bit of money has been donated for UNICEF. So get involved and help the World Education Games be successful in its official Guinness Book of Records challenges (that is to be the world’s largest online Literacy, Science and Math competitions) and also help UNICEF to help children around the world.