The first ceremony of 2012 to recognize children who have participated in the Eco Picture Diary Global Contest will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on 8 February 2012.
Initially developed by Panasonic for primary school children between the ages of 7 and 11, the ‘kids school – eco learning’ education program gives pupils the opportunity to learn about climate change and protecting our planet in a fun and easy-to-understand way. Within the framework of the agreement signed on 17 May 2011, Panasonic is now implementing this project at World Heritage sites in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. School classes are gathered at a site where heritage and ecological behaviour are discussed. One of the activities of the program is to fill in an “eco picture diary”, where children write and draw pictures about the activities they have done during the day and how they propose to contribute to protect their environment. With this diary, the children take part in a contest where the best illustrations are rewarded at a ceremony.
Thirty-seven countries have participated in the contest since 2008, including 160,000 students, with 130,000 diaries collected.