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One School One Country 2009

19 December 2008

 By Debra Stark, WorldSkills Calgary 2009

Team Netherlands visits a Japanese school at the WSC2007

The One School, One Country program will give young students in Calgary the opportunity to learn about other countries’ values, traditions and cultures, providing students a look to their future and the possibility of a career in skilled trades or technologies. One School, One Country is designed to be a program that teaches international awareness to youth. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 wants to encourage creativity and ownership for each individual elementary school so they have the flexibility to adapt their curricular program.

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is working closely with the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District to include their elementary and middle schools with this unique project. Between these two school districts, we have a total of 238 elementary/middle schools who will have an opportunity to learn about WorldSkills. Both boards are adapting their school curriculum so students will be taught about the WorldSkills International Member countries/regions and about the 45 skill categories. It is very exciting to see that our Calgary schools are looking forward to learning about WorldSkills and we trust the experience will be memorable for both the students and the competitors. 

Courtney Barton from Team Australia with a student
On the first day of the WorldSkills Competition, September 1, 2009, selective schools will have the opportunity to meet the Competitors of their adopted country. Each Member country/region team will be bussed to a preselected elementary school that has learned about their country/region over the past school year to complete the One School, One Country program. There will be some mandatory components in this program which each school will need to include, ensuring there is some general consistency however, flexibility and creativity is still encouraged. The Competitors will have approximately one hour to visit with the students at the school. Schools will be required to have a welcoming assembly and students will be given the opportunity to show the Competitors what they have learned about their country/region, share what they know about our country and provide a fun and learning atmosphere for all attending. These schools will be selected at the jurisdiction system level. 

Through our education website (, there will be a variety of resources available for teachers to use as they wish. Each download will also suggest the appropriate age group to which it should be directed. The resources are meant to be used as a guide or as suggestions to use in the classroom. One School, One Country will educate Calgary’s youth about international awareness, the need and importance of skilled trades and technologies and provide a memorable experience for the WorldSkills Competitors.

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We wish you and your family all the very best for 2009. We hope to see you all in Calgary, Canada next September for WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

Warm regards,
The WorldSkills International Board of Directors and Secretariat


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Many of you have already been introduced to the WorldSkills Champions Exchange program (WSCE). Now we've given the website a complete makeover to match the new look and feel of Flyers, postcards and other material will be made available soon. 

The WSCE is a unique opportunity, that allows past Champions of WorldSkills to travel abroad with their skill for 3-12 months. New professional and personal experiences will give them added confidence as they continue their WorldSkills journey.

WorldSkills needs your help in finding quality placements for our Champions. A host company can help equip the Champion with new techniques, new skills, knowledge about different cultures and quite possibly another language. In return the company is rewarded with a highly qualified young skilled professional for the duration of the exchange, insight on new ways of working through the international experience of a Champion and access to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded employers in the global skills market.

It’s an attractive proposition. We offer the very best skilled young people in the world, and in turn the host companies provide them with meaningful and challenging work in an environment where people are passionate about skills.

Remember that a WorldSkills Champions is not only the best they can be - they represent the best from their home country/region!

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By Cisco 

Team Malaysia and Team Thailand during the Competition

APAC NetRiders draws contestants from 15 Countries
Demonstrating the powerful collaborative capabilities of the network, Cisco organised its first-ever regional networking skills competition, APAC NetRiders 2008, over Cisco TelePresence™ and Cisco WebEx™. The competition featured 45 participants representing 15 countries in the Asia Pacific region, challenging each other for the top prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States as well as bragging rights for the next 12 months.

APAC NetRiders is an annual competition held by the Cisco® Networking Academy® program, a comprehensive e-learning program that enables students to develop valuable information and communications technology (ICT) skills for increased access to opportunities in the global economy. Since 1997, Networking Academy has grown to reach a diverse population of approximately 800,000 students each year in more than 160 countries. The competition tests the capability and skill level of Networking Academy students in the area of computer network hardware design, configuration, development, and maintenance, all of which are covered in the Networking Academy curriculum.

Competing for the first time was Cambodia, where the inaugural Cambodia NetRiders 2008 competition was recently concluded. The competition featured 140 students from the Institut de Technologie du Cambodge, the National Institute of Development Authority, YEJJ Training, Enfant du Mekong, and Pannasastra University of Cambodia.

“We are really pleased to finally complete the first skills competition in Cambodia because it demonstrates that the Networking Academy has taken root in the country. It’s fantastic to have a team from Cambodia competing in the APAC NetRiders. Cisco Networking Academy has made a positive impact on people’s lives by encouraging career advancement, improving access to the Internet, supporting the growth of the ICT industry, and promoting sustainable economic development in the communities in which it operates. APAC NetRiders celebrates the talent that the Networking Academy community is fostering in the region,” said Sandy Walsh, head of Education and Corporate and Social Responsibility for Cisco in Asia Pacific.  

Team Australia

The competition involves two levels of testing. The first level is a multiple-choice online examination, and the second is an online network configuration through a computer simulation test using Packet Tracer 5.0.

The unique feature about this year’s competition was that it was conducted virtually for the first time over Cisco TelePresence and Cisco WebEx. Cisco TelePresence is a ground-breaking technology that utilises the latest in video and audio techniques to establish real-time, live, in-person communications. WebEx® provides on-demand collaboration applications that enable individuals, small businesses and enterprise organisations to use the Web as an efficient channel for interaction with their customers, partners and co-workers.

The national NetRiders competitions have traditionally produced talent that match the best the world has to offer. The past few winners from Singapore NetRiders, for example, not only went on to represent Singapore at the widely respected WorldSkills Competition but also emerged WorldSkills medallists. This year’s Singapore NetRiders team from Nanyang Polytechnic will also represent Singapore in the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2009.

Team China Clinch Top Prize in 2008 regional Cisco APAC NetRiders Challenge
Cisco® Networking Academy® is pleased to announce Team China from Shenzhen Polytechnic as the winners of the 2008 regional APAC NetRiders Challenge.

Second place - Team Malaysia

Second place winners are Team Malaysia from MMU Cyberjaya and third place Team Singapore Polytechnic.

The standard of competition was very high and all teams put in a tremendous effort both preparing for the competition, as well as on the day. Cisco would like to congratulate all the teams on an outstanding inaugural APAC NetRiders Challenge.

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euroskills_bordeaux.jpgLast week the 29 Best of Nations of the EuroSkills competitions visited Bordeaux at the invitation of the European Commission. They were guest during the Informal European Ministers of Education Meeting and the congress ‘Mobility in Vocational Education and Training’, which addressed studying and working abroad within the European Union.

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