Washington, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—June 1, 2010. The Department of State is pleased to announce the selection of two winning websites for its 2010 Doors to Diplomacy Award, which is co-sponsored by Global SchoolNet. The awards recognize the web projects that best teach young people about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Participants, ranging in age from 11 to 18, included 263 student teams from 29 countries.
The winning sites are:
The Silent Tsunami–Global Food Crisis, http://www.mingdao.edu.tw/diplomacy/en/. This site was built by a team from Taichung County, Taiwan. Its web project explores the problem of food shortages in various global contexts, as well as the cause of the food crisis and possible solutions.
Diplomacy Through Communication, http://www.wix.com/doubleadoublet/Doors-To-Diplomacy . This site, built by a team from Clinton, New York, promotes the idea of reaching diplomacy through awareness and understanding of other cultures and their differences.
Each student member of the two winning Doors to Diplomacy Award teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winning coaches will each receive a $500 cash award. Judging was performed by student peers and educational professionals, with the final selections made by a team of Department of State judges from the Bureaus of Public Affairs and Educational and Cultural Affairs. The winning sites will be linked from the Department of State’s youth site at http://www.future.state.gov.
Global SchoolNet, http://www.globalschoolnet.org, is a non-profit, Internet-based education program. The Doors to Diplomacy Award was specially created for CyberFair, a contest that encourages students and educators to join together to build high-quality, educational websites on a variety of topics. These website entries will be available on the web as learning tools to millions of people around the globe.
Further detail on the Doors to Diplomacy projects can be found at http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsndoors/.