Spreading green message through videos and shots

1 A group photo of the winners of the Panasonic Kid Witness News (KWN) and Eco Picture Diary 2015 National contests.2 Mohd Anuar (centre) and Gorbachan (third from right) presenting the grand prize to KWN 2015 National contest champion SMK King George V, Seremban.— Photos: HAZIQ AZIMI/The Star

IT TOOK only four months for students of the Panasonic Kid Witness News (KWN) and Panasonic Eco Picture Diary (EPD) contests to complete and submit their videos and picture diaries.

Their hard work and dedication finally paid off when their efforts were recognised at the National Awards Ceremony, organised by Panasonic Malaysia.

These students from various schools across the country took part in the annual KWN and EPD contests that were under the Panasonic Kids School Programme by Panasonic Corporation.

Started 11 years ago, the KWN is a global video education programme that aims to boost creativity and communication skills, besides fostering teamwork through video production by children at elementary and secondary school levels.

The EPD is in its fifth edition this year, helping and educating the young ones by encouraging them to submit picture diaries on eco-activities they had undertaken or expressing their opinions on environmental issues.

In a nutshell, both programmes hope to equip students with additional skills and instil eco-education into their young minds. This year, KWN recorded a participation of 17 schools and 68 students while EPD had 16 schools and 600 students taking part. The students were aged between 10 and 17.

The content of the short film videos revolved around themes like ecology, communication and sports while students under the EPD category submitted their picture diaries on causes and effects of global warming, biodiversity, eco-technology and eco-lifestyles.

Panasonic Malaysia also held a training session in August for students taking part in KWN at The Royale Bintang in The Curve to introduce them to the various aspects of video production, equipping them with the skills and knowledge, and helping them to develop creativity and confidence.

“This is part of our commitment to the progress and development of society through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and extracurricular activities for schools with focus on skills development, teamwork, creativity and responsibility to help preserve the environment,” said Panasonic Malaysia Human Resources and Administration associate director Gorbachan Singh.

These initiatives were also carried out in collaboration with the Education Ministry to ensure that children were not only eco-conscious but also eco-intelligent, through experiential learning.

The ministry’s Co-Curriculum and Arts Division senior principal assistant director Mohd Anuar Abdul Hamid commended the effort by Panasonic as programmes like these not only educate students but also help them grow in all areas of development.

SMK King George V, Seremban was named the grand prize winner for the Panasonic Kid Witness News 2015 National contest with their video titled Paradise Lost, aimed at creating awareness on the negative impact of deforestation.

The team consisted of teacher Chan Sook Lai and students Lee Yan Yan, 15; Angeline Lim Jia Yi, 14; Mak Isabella Aiman Mak, 14; and Preeta Gandhi, 14.

“We are all elated at having won the grand prize. For me, it’s also very meaningful because this is my first win after taking part for six years,” said Lee, who spoke on behalf of the team.

SMK King George V, Seremban also bagged the Best Documentary award.

The team’s video will be representing Malaysia in the KWN global contest submission.

As for the Panasonic Eco Picture Diary 2015 contest, Ku Nur Balqis Ku Ridzuan, 14, from SMK Zainab (2) Kota Baru, Kelantan won the grand prize.

Her picture diary will be representing the country and submitted to Panasonic Corporation in Japan as material to be used for educational purposes.

Prizes that were given included Panasonic Micro System, Panasonic LED Desk Lamp, Panasonic Earphones, specially designed trophies and certificates of participation.

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