PANASONIC Corporation held the Kid Witness News (KWN) Global Summit 2020 online from Nov 21 to 22.
A total of 26 children from six schools in four countries as well as teachers and other participants took part in the two-day event.
KWN is a programme where Panasonic, as part of its activities, supports the development of future generations and the use of its professional video equipment to support video production among children.
The programme aims at boosting creativity and communication skills among the children while fostering teamwork through video production.
In the past 31 years since the programme began in 1989 in the United States, over 180,000 participants including teachers have taken part.
The videos, which cover themes such as communication, sports and the environment, relay messages on problem-solving from a child’s perspective.
Each year a global contest is held by gathering the winning school from each country.
Starting this year, the KWN Global Summit has replaced the contest to help children learn about different cultures and gain an understanding of global social issues.
The global summit was initially planned to be held during the Tokyo Paralympics in August but was delayed due to Covid-19.
It was then facilitated online to include the various participating countries.
The event was held by connecting Panasonic’s overseas bases and certain schools online with Panasonic Centre Tokyo serving as the key station.
Besides learning sessions on UN Sustainable Development Goals, a special workshop was also held featuring a lecture by Yuichi Ito, a well-known clay animator and a professor at the Graduate School of Film and New Media Tokyo University of the Arts, Animation Department.
At the workshop, children from each country tackled themes which they perceived to be social issues and tried their hand at animation production.
These animations will be uploaded to the KWN Global Summit 2020 website at a later date.
The Kids’ Award Selection featuring videos with outstanding content were selected from representing countries that submitted their entries. The votes were cast by the children themselves.
SMK Kuala Besut in Terengganu was named one of two winners in the Secondary Category (aged 13 to 18) with its video titled Mark Roso The Island Boy.
Videos that received the Kids’ Award and other detailed information can be viewed via www.panasonic.com/global/corporate/kwn/summit2020.html