Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Tolerance Through the Lens" Video Competition - Deadline Feb 29th!

From BRIDGES for a Just Community:


Cincinnati, OH- January 31, 2012 – Not only can exposure to diversity begin early in a child’s life; it can also be fun. In an effort to encourage inclusion in schools, BRIDGES for a Just Community is partnered with the Czech Republic organization, LIGA LIDSKÝCH PRÁV (League of Human Rights), in a video competition called Tolerance through the Lens. This competition is designed for participants, ages 8-16 from Cincinnati and the Czech Republic, to create a short video on the topic of how diversity and inclusion works in their schools.
Participants will form teams comprised of a teacher (coach) and 1 to 5 students who respond to prompts such as “How could you respond to bullying in your school?” in their video. Video footage should be no more than five minutes in length, less than 500 MB, and can be filmed on a web cam, cell phone or a video camera. Once completed, all videos will be displayed on a website online for viewing.

While Tolerance through the Lens’ main objective endorses inclusion among children, the competition would ideally achieve outcomes such as sharing best practices between American and Czech schools that demonstrate diversity in progress and a creation of an intercontinental cooperation between American and Czech schools.

As an outcome, these two diverse school systems gain awareness of other’s experiences in terms of the U.S.’s emphasis on practical skills and the Czech culture’s knowledge-based curriculum, which will hopefully strengthen relationships among educators, parents, and students.

Participants can upload videos and apply at:
Two teams with winning videos will receive a Samsung Galaxy smart phone and a Phillips’ mp3/mp4 player. The deadline to apply for the competition is February 29, 2012. BRIDGES is partnering with GLSEN Greater Cincinnati and The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education on this initiative.

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