What is the Global Junior Challenge?
The Global Junior Challenge is a global award promoted by the Digital World Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the Municipality of Rome and six major ICT companies. The intention of the award, dedicated to young people and to schools, is to identify and reward best practices on the use of new technologies in education and training of youngsters. An international jury selects the finalists and the winners are announced during the award ceremony that takes place in Rome, at the Campidoglio City Hall.
The Global Junior Challenge is in line whit the E-Learning Program threw from the European Commission during the summit of Lisbona. The goal of this program is the spread of the digital culture between the teachers and the young.
The Global Junior Challenge represent an important occasion to increase teachers and youths concern towards ICT potential for education.
The Global Junior Challenge is dedicated to all young people, from school children to teenagers and youth taking their first steps on the job market. It concerns cities, institutions, local authorities, businesses, NGOs, communities and individual citizens. The Global Junior Challenge concerns all those who are interested or involved in child and youth education and training, and more broadly, in helping in the construction of a more inclusive society.
The Global Junior Challenge is organised by the Digital World Foundation, the persons involved in this event are:
- Mirta Michilli - Digital World Foundation General Director
- Romano Santoro - Digital World Foundation Schools Coordinator
- Silvia Celani - Global Junior Challenge Project Manager
- Ardi Goxhaj - Global Junior Challenge Webmaster
The first edition of the Global Junior Challenge has been a great success: more than 580 projects from 49 countries have joined the competition. The Global Junior Challenge is the first world collection of best practices in the field of education and training. More than half of the projects were presented by primary and secondary schools. More than 4000 students visited the exhibition together with their teachers
The Global Junior Challenge has been a first global spontaneous monitoring of ICT in education; the emerging picture is with lots of activities and motivations in the schools
The projects categories during the Global Junior Challenge 2000 were:
- Projects for users up to 10 years old
- Projects for users up to 15 years old
- Projects for users up to 18 years old
- Projects for users up to 29 years old
- Projects using ICT to help youth to find a job
The Global Junior Challenge 2002 was mainly dedicated to digital divide, especially among young generations. The gap between those who have access to the knowledge generated by new technologies and those who are excluded are rapidly increasing. This dangerous unbalance is reinforcing not only between countries from North and South of the world, but also among the same countries creating new form of social exclusion. That year the Global Junior Challenge award paid special attention to projects and initiatives that tackle this problem and work to overcome the digital divide.
During the second edition it was very important the development of the spirit of international solidarity through an effort to twin ten Italian schools with schools from poor countries in the world.
An important moment of the Global Junior Challenge 2002 was the birth of the Global Inclusion Movement against the digital divide in the world. Please visit the website www.e-inclusionsite.org and with a free click you can support projects from poor areas of the world that participated at the Global Junior Challenge 2002.
The second edition was a great success: more than 400 projects from 67 countries joined the competition.
The third edition of the Global Junior Challenge has been a great success with 647 participating projects from 70 countries world-wide!
On this occasion the Global Junior Challenge award introduced a new category of projects: Women & equal opportunities. Projects under this category realised equal opportunities between men and women in every sphere of professional life, specifically through the innovative use of ICTs. Another important theme of the Global Junior Challenge 2004 was the fight against the Digital Divide and the innovative use of the information technologies to reduce poverty in the world.
An important moment of the Global Junior Challenge 2004 was the creation of Holding Hands, an online journal to stimulate dialogue, sharing of knowledge and experience, collaborative working and mutual understanding between children from schools in Rome, Israel and Palestine.