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Countdown Begins for School Blacks

Countdown Begins for School Blacks at the World's Largest Online Education Event

Next month more than 30,000 kids are expected to represent New Zealand as the School Blacks when they compete in the largest online education event - the World Education Games, 5-7 March. The event coincides with World Literacy Day, World Maths Day

and World Science Day respectively. It is seen as the' Olympics of Learning' and had 5.5 million students from around the world participating in 2012.

Four talented Ambassadors have been selected to champion our campaign for the New Zealand School Blacks, said Karen Rolleston,

CEO of 3P Learning NZ, the company behind the games.

Willem Ebbinge from the Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown

Izzy Sheild from Murrays Bay Intermediate School, Auckland

Alicia Jung from Cobham Intermediate School, Fendalton, Christchurch

Sebastien Tumahai from Orakei School, Auckland

“The World Education Games also supports a great cause. In 2012 participating schools donated more than $100,000 to UNICEF,

helping countless children around the world to access education through the charity’s School-in-a-box kits, ,” Mrs Rolleston said.

“Our target for 2013 is to bring education to over 80,000 children by raising more than $192,000, enough money to donate about

1000 School-in-a-Box kits. Each kit consists of basic learning resources to help up to 80 kids, and are distributed to children in

developing countries who can’t go to school because of conflict, disaster or poverty. The kits can also help to supplement

the minimal resources of an established school. We encourage all parents, businesses, and schools to support this cause and get

behind their local School Blacks. ”

Jacqui Southey, Education for Development Officer at UNICEF NZ, says 'We were delighted with the success of the 2012 World Education

Games, and are very excited to be involved in the 2013 Games.

“Education is a fundamental human right. Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to a quality education that will help pave

their way to a successful and productive future. The World Education Games is a chance for children from around the world to come

together to hone their skills and to have some fun, while at the same time raising funds to help ensure a better future for other

children through UNICEF’s School-in-a-Box Kits. We encourage Kiwi kids to get involved, and be part of this inspirational education event.”

Parents, students and teachers are encouraged to go to for more information, to donate and register.

The website is open for warm up, allowing students to practise in the lead up to the Games.


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