Go the School Blacks!
NEWS RELEASE / BULLETIN
5 March 2013
GO THE SCHOOL BLACKS!
The World Education Games kicks off today on World Literacy Day , Tuesday 5 March. Official numbers released from the Games administration have confirmed that there are approximately 5 million registrations from 220 countries. There are 152,234 kiwi kids, from 995 schools that have registered as School Blacks to participate in the largest online education 3-day event in the world. This would be the largest contingent in New Zealand's history.
"We are pleased with the increase in registrations this year from New Zealand schools. Early registrations usually reflect well in final participation numbers during the actual competition. We are particularly excited by the increase in interest for the World Education Games and the UNICEF School-in-a-Box cause it supports this year, " said Karen Rolleston, CEO of 3P Learning NZ, a division of the company behind the games.
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. "
"We are hopeful that our School Blacks will do well and get in the top ten countries this year. Our School Blacks World Education Games ambassadors will also be running fundraising activities over the next few days for the UNICEF School-in-a-Box programme, so we ask that local communities, parents and schools get behind their campaign. Go Black! Go the School Blacks!!" said Mrs Rolleston.
The 3-day competition coincides with World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day respectively Parents, students and teachers are encouraged to go to www.worldeducationgames.com for more information, to donate and register.