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  • Mondialogo School Contest 2006

In October 2003, UNESCO and Daimler Chrysler launched the “Mondialogo” partnership, which is coordinated by UNESCO’s Bureau of Strategic Planning with the Science and Education Sectors.

Mondialogo consists of three pillars:

  • The “Mondialogo Engineering Award” for young engineers,

  • the “Mondialogo School Contest” for students between 14 and 18 years of age,

  • and the “Mondialogo Internet Portal”

  • available in five languages, which complements and supports the project activities while also offering online dialogue forum and intercultural magazine.

Mondialogo encourages global dialogue between young people from diverse cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds.

It puts into practice UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and encourages students and future engineers to think about new ways to develop intercultural learning and to achieve sustainable development.

Mondialogo Engineers Award

The Mondialogo Engineering Award promotes cooperation among young engineers around the world and supports human and institutional capacity building for engineering and technology in developing countries.

Students from industrialized and developing countries team up to work together over the course of one year to produce proposals for engineering applications that demonstrate excellence in applied engineering, help develop the technological infrastructures of developing countries and contribute to the Millennium Development Goals of eradication poverty and achieving sustainable development.

The award aims to improve living condition in developing countries by stimulating young engineers to create and share innovations that addresses basic needs, such as the provision of water, food, medical services and housing.

In 2004 -2005, more than 1,700 young engineers from 79 countries participated, forming 412 international teams. Twenty-one of the best proposals, representing 28 countries received an award. A second and third round of the award is anticipated for 2007-2009.

Mondialogo School Contest

The Mondialogo School Contest motivates students between 14 and 18 years of age to explore cultural diversity. The worldwide contest provides students with an opportunity to find out more about their own cultures as well the cultures of others.

Each registered student team is pared up with a student team from another country, usually another continent. Together, the partnered teams select a topic around which to develop sustainable intercultural dialogue and a join project with a tangible result.

During the first Mondialogo School Contest launched 2003, approximately 1,500 teams took part, representing over 25,000 students from 126 countries. Students developed games, composed music, produced plays, made films, complied photographic documentaries and posters, wrote stories, created websites and design articles of clothing and jewellery. One student and one teacher from each of the 25 finalist partnered teams attended the first Mondialogo Symposium - a four - day cultural event held in Barcelona in the autumn of 2004.

The overwhelmingly positive response to the first contest paved the way for a new and second Mondialogo School Contest, launched in 2005. This second contest 2005-2006 registered 35,400 teams with 35,400 students from 138 countries.

Mondialogo Internet Portal

The Mondialogo Internet Portal offers everyone interested in intercultural exchange a forum for information and communication.

With separate websites areas for both the Mondialogo School Contest and the Mondialogo Engineering Award, participants can present and exchange their ideas about specific activities.
In addition special form have been created for teachers to explore issues surrounding intercultural teaching, for students to discuss contest topics and creative approaches to problem-solving, and for young engineers and technicians to exchange information, build contacts and share ideas.

Visitors to the website are invites to exchange their knowledge and ideas with participants of the Mondialogo School Contest and the Mondialogo Engineering Award, as well as with experts and prominent representatives of different cultures, and with other visitors to the website.

As a central information and dialogue platform, the portal itself is an excellent example of intercultural exchange.

INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE: Involving Young People around the World -- Mondialogo School Contest, Engineering Award, and Web Portal

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