Jurassic coast comp for youngsters

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:16 17 June 2010

ALL local secondary schools in Dorset and Devon have the chance to enter an exciting competition to attend an international summit. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team wants to know what the Jurassic Coast means to young people in the region, and why t

ALL local secondary schools in Dorset and Devon have the chance to enter an exciting competition to attend an international summit.

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team wants to know what the Jurassic Coast means to young people in the region, and why they think it is so special. The winning school will represent the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at the 2009 UNESCO UK World Heritage Youth Summit to be held on Friday 22 May in Lyme Regis.

The competition is open to 14-18 year old pupils, who are asked to create either a brochure, collage, poster, podcast or poem, which effectively communicates how they view their local World Heritage Site.

There are four different themes from which to choose, and one must be used to form the basis of your entry:

· World Heritage and Tourism

· World Heritage and Identity

· World Heritage and the Environment

· World Heritage and a Culture of Peace

The Jurassic Coast team is looking forward to seeing some really inspirational pieces of work, which capture the essence of how young people are connecting with World Heritage Sites on both a local and national scale.

25 different UK World Heritage Sites will be inviting their local schools to take part in this competition, with 4-6 young people from each of the winning schools attending the Youth Summit in May. The winning team will have a chance to meet other young people at the Youth Summit representing their local World Heritage Sites such as Stonehenge, the Giant's Causeway, Tower of London and even the historic town of St George in Bermuda (a British territory).

The UNESCO UK World Heritage Youth Summit also marks the first day of the 2009 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival where hundreds of local school pupils will have an opportunity to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and his theory of evolution.

Throughout the UK, local World Heritage Site Co-ordinators will nominate three schools per Site, to go through to the final judging panel.

If you are interested in submitting an entry to win a chance to represent the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at the UNESCO Youth Conference, please contact Anjana Ford at the Jurassic Coast Team, 01305 225101. More information can be found on www.jurassiccoast.com/makingsense

The closing date for all entries is Tuesday 31 March 2009.


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