What do we invite you to celebrate?
World Oceans Day 2014 – 8 June – it's the occasion to celebrate the beauty and awesomeness of the oceans and to engage with others around the world in protecting them more effectively from multiple threats.
Who is invited?
Schools and youth groups from around the world, who are interested and willing to engage with peers in another country to cooperate on protecting the oceans.
Participants need to have an identified teacher or coach who is the focal point for the cooperation.
Two age groups are distinguished: (a) < 12 years of age and (b) 12 years and above.
How to participate?
Through teaming up with another school or youth group in another country to produce a video or Pecha Kucha powerpoint presentation about ocean protection and an illustrated report describing the experience of cooperation.
NEW – simplified participation: For schools having difficulties entering an international partnership but committed to contribute to World Oceans Day celebrations can do so on their own through submitting a video or Pecha Kucha story and a short illustrated essay about their learning and experience during production. Suggestions for future international cooperation are welcome, but not mandatory.
Why should you participate?
The initiative has two objectives: (a) learn more about the oceans to help protect them from overfishing, climate change with acidification and pollution, particularly ubiquitous plastic; and - to the extent possible - (b) to the extent possible, practice international cooperation among young people in different countries and cultures.
This is considered useful not only for acquiring new knowledge and academic competence, but also social skills which help prepare for adult life in an interdependent world.
And obviously, nice prizes are awaiting you: travel, cameras...! Enjoy the participation!
What is the timetable?
The initiative was launched on 15 September 2013. Schools and youth groups can register until the submission deadline, but are encouraged to do so as early as possible.
An international jury will examine all entries in May 2014 and determine the winners of many prizes to be announced after 8 June 2014, World Oceans Day, in a public ceremony. The decisions of the jury can not be challenged in court.
If you are interested in celebrating World Oceans Day together, click here to get some more information!