Panasonic Group in Thailand recently announced the winners of its “Panasonic Kid Witness News 2018” project
The winner in the primary school category is “Inside Me” from Anuban Saraburi School while that in the secondary school category is “Sport for Living” from Ammartphanichnukul School, Krabi. Both teams received a trophy, scholarships worth Bt50,000 and Bt20,000 towards the school’s activity and will also represent Thailand in the international competition in Japan in next year.
Organised annually for 15 years, the project gives the opportunity to young people to show their talents by submitting video clips focusing on the environment, communication and sport.
Sixteen teams are then chosen to join the development workshop for the final round.
The “Inside Me” piece is the story of kid named Satang who lacks self-confidence and feels she is not competent in a world where kids are judged on their test results. Satang is inspired by Rung, a child with a hearing disability who uses art to communicate with others. Rung makes Satang understand that discovering her own capabilities will play an important role in bringing her to success.
“Sport for Living” is the true story of a grade 12 student called Rak, who jogs in the morning before school, practises his boxing skills then picks his mother up from her job as a dishwasher at a som tum restaurant before going back for boxing training. He also spars for real in the boxing ring four times a month to raise money to cover the rent, his sister’s tuition fees, the family expenses and the medical fees of his father. Eventually the burden causes Rak to skip school but after hearing about the daily schedule, the teachers and fellow students go out of their way to help him.
“We intend to distribute part of the reward to him as well,” says Pirawit Engchuan, representative of the winning team.
Four honourable rewards were also handed out. The Best Story Telling Award for “I can(not) read” went to Baan Dong Moo School, Kalasin; The Best Cinematography Award for “Bird Walk” to Montfort College, Chiang Mai; The Best Creativity Award for “Future Style” to Udon Phittayanukul School, Udon Thani; and the Best Concept Award for “I know ….. conservation” to Baan Huay Plao School, Uthai Thani. Each team received a trophy, scholarships worth Bt10,000 and Bt2,000 for school activities.
“We have seen major improvements in the students’ capabilities every year. The KWN 2017 winners from Thailand won three awards at the international competition “Panasonic KWN Global Contest 2018” at Tokyo, Japan, namely the Grand Prix of Primary Category, together with The Best K-Factor Award for Anuban Saraburi School and The Best Documentary Award for Assumption Thonburi College. We are proud of our youngsters,” says Kesorn Wangwongwiroj – Director of Planning, Panasonic Management (Thailand) Co Ltd.
Judges for the local round included Deputy Prof Dr Laksana Klaikeaw, director of Master Program of Communication Arts and instructor in Broadcasting at the Faculty of Communication Arts at Rangsit University, Sanomporn Chimchaloem, deputy director of News Department Channel 3, Songpon Chanla, video director of The Standard, Phattana Jirawong, documentary producer, Vinai Sattarujawong, TV producer and Sirirat Yongcharoenchai, general manager of Panasonic Management (Thailand).