Development Youth Prize 2008-2009. Creativity focuses on Africa

“Human development” in Africa is the challenging topic of the Development Youth Prize 2008-2009. The current edition of the competition is now online and open for new submissions. The most originals will fly to Africa!

In the year of Creativity and Innovation, the Development Youth Prize plays a key role in fostering creativity among young people. The European competition invites students aged 16 - 18 to highlight their creative views on Africa. Until 31 May 2009, participants can join the initiative making their own poster or video artwork related to the year’s theme. Selected by a high-level jury, national winners and runners-up will be awarded with a two-day stay in Stockholm, in the framework of the next European Development Days. The winners will also visit an African country, getting a first hand experience of European aid programmes.

The Development Youth Prize represents a unique opportunity for students as well as an extensive learning resource for teachers. This year, the DYP library section harvests a special pedagogical kit. The aim is offering supporting material on development issues, problem-solving methodologies and back-up information, focusing on a real case study referred to Rwanda. The case study and the methodology are provided by EuropeAid - the Commission's office managing EU external aid programmes – and adapted by European Schoolnet. Working on a real situation, schools may go a step deeper, getting a better understanding of development cooperation projects and being inspired in developing their own.

In the words of previous participants, “the Development Youth Prize is a true eye-opening experience”. The winners of the last edition and their teachers are now about taking part to a four-day trip to Zambia, where they will join Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development. Being involved in a rich programme of visits, the students will observe and discover European actions in the field.

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16/03/2009 by: Alessandra D’Angelo