Last film goes on line

Thanks to the Department of Education and Children’s IT expert, Alex, we can now celebrate having the last of the entries to our Primary Short Film Competition on line.  You can view Peel Clothworkers’ entry on Cyberbullying here.

The other entries can be found here.

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QE2 students thanked for work on life-saving digital lessons

On Monday Rosemary presented two students from QE2 High School with copies of potentially life-saving DVDs they had helped to create as part of a collaboration with the charity Thare Machi Education (Isle of Man)

TME (IoM) uses new media to create interactive lessons on basic health and life-skills topics which can teach some of the world’s poorest people in their own language.  The programming (or “authoring“, as it is technically called) of the lessons on DVD is not a straight-forward operation and required the students to work with languages they didn’t understand themselves.

Michael Diehl and Walid Anwar, both Year 8 students, are the youngest people to produce a lesson.  Their topic was “Having an HIV Test”, with Walid working in Afrikaans and Michael in Acholi, a Ugandan language.

TME (IoM) currently has 31 different lessons waiting to be translated, recorded and authored into a range of different languages.  If you would like to help, please contact us.

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Global Village was Great!

The sun shone all day and hundreds of people made their way down from the Fairfield to taste Indian, Filipino, German and African food; to browse the stalls of charities working in other countries; to join in activities; and to watch displays of Karate, African and Indian dancing, African singing and the playing of the didgeridoo.  Here are a selection of pictures:

What would the temperature of the water in the black pot be at 15:30?  That was the challenge set.  And the answer? 47 degrees Centigrade – the prize is on its way to the winner.  Funds raised from this, the face painting and the flag competition are going to support Save the Children as they seek to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The performances of Indian dance were superb.  There was excellent characterisation by the African dancers and the Africans accompanied the didgeridoo with their drums.  A Karate demonstration took place with students of all ages demonstrating their skills.

The Tandoor Restaurant abandoned its Douglas base and cooked a range of delicious dishes.  The Filipino BBQ sizzled all day.  Several different types of German sausages were on offer by the Friends of Pestalozzi, who were also promoting their support of a Zambian  student who is studying for his International Baccalaureate in Sussex.

The Pahar Trust, Do!, Capstone International Aid, ADRA, Excellent Development and Send A Cow were kept busy all day, explaining the work of their charities.  The United Nations Association and the Black and White Association were literally flying the flag for international understanding.

Our thanks go to the Tynwald Committee and DEFA (Forestry, Amenity and Lands) for enabling us to hold the Global Village in St John’s Arboretum.

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You can view film entries here!

All of the seven films in the finals of the One World Centre Primary Short Film Competition can now be seen by clicking on the school names below:

Joint winners: Anagh Coar and Sulby

Ashley Hill, Ballasalla, Foxdale, St Johns, Peel Clothworkers

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Global Village

It will soon be time for our next Global Village – Tynwald Day (Monday 7th July). This year we will be in the Arboretum, which will be much closer to the heart of the action. There will be stalls run by local charities working in other countries, by people from other countries, and showcasing fairly traded products and other global issues.

Come and find us, and enjoy watching Taekwondo and Karate demonstrations, try your hand at playing the didgeridoo and sample food from the Philippines and Africa.

If you would like a stall, or have a performance you would like to contribute, please contact us

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Anagh Coar and Sulby share short film honours!

Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood with the winning schools

Anagh Coar and Sulby schools were announced as joint winners of this year’s It’s Not Fair! Primary Short Film competition with films that were described as “inspiring”, “insightful” and “excellently researched” at the prize presentation at the Manx Museum on 20th May 2014.

The competition, run by the One World Centre and supported by Sure and Mannin Shorts, challenges primary school students to make short films of no more than four minutes on issues around global development and justice. Seven schools had films in the finals covering topics as diverse as a child’s right to education, fair trade, poverty and cyberbullying.

All seven films were played to an appreciative audience which included representatives from the Department of Education and Children as well as the children’s families.  Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, patron of the One World Centre, was guest of honour and had the privilege of opening the golden envelope to announce the winners.  His Excellency commended all the entrants for their creativity, talent and the breadth of learning they had undertaken.

Anagh Coar’s winning entry concentrated on the right to education and featured the Send My Friend to School campaign.  Sulby, who were also winners in the inaugural competition last year, looked at a range of global issues and were particularly effective in comparing their own lives with those of children in less developed countries.

Both schools win a workshop session from Mannin Shorts and they will each have a six month’s share of the trophy.

One World Director, Rosemary Clarke, said, “It’s so exciting to see an idea taken on by children and made into something really special.  So many of them really thought about what isn’t fair and brought it to life, illustrating the challenges that face people around the world.”

Sarah Jarvis, Marketing Manager of Sure, added: “This competition is such a joy to support.  It is so uplifting to see young children tackle such big issues and come away with positive ideas on how we can help others in less privileged circumstances. As well as having the opportunity to learn technical skills, the competition gives students the chance to develop their research abilities and think about how they can best communicate their message.”


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It’s Not Fair! “Oscar night” getting closer!

Students from local primary schools will gather at the Manx Museum next Tuesday evening 20th May 2014 for the showcase screening and award ceremony for the It’s Not Fair! One World Centre Short Film Competition 2014.

The competition, which is run with help from Mannin Shorts and generously sponsored by Sure,  challenges primary school children to make a film of no more than four minutes on the subject of It’s Not Fair!, interpreted in a global context.  Last year’s entries included films on topics as varied as fair trade, child soldiers, global poverty and deforestation.

His Excellency Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, patron of the One World Centre, will be in attendance and will present the award for Best Film overall.  Rosemary Clarke, One World Centre Director, said, “It’s an exciting night for the students who get to present their films on a big screen in front of a big audience.

“Last year’s finalists were able to surprise us with their imaginative entries and showed a lot of empathy with children living in different circumstances elsewhere in the world.  We will all be looking forward to the opening of the golden envelopes and seeing who the winners are this year!”


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Fairtrade Poetry

Have you ever thought about writing a poem about Fairtrade? Doona Williams has, and you can read it below. If you’d like to write one for us to include on our website, please send it in.

Fair Wind, by Doona Williams

Fair wind, Fairtrade,

And bring us your riches

of bush and bee.

Your packets of coffee, cocoa, tea

Are the shades of the world’s earth

And each one worth

Food for a farmer’s family,

Strength for a grower’s spirit.

Fair wind, Fairtrade,

May your cargoes of cotton

Be the chosen ones

That educate your children.

Long may your bananas

Bring us the sun

In the hosannas

Of a million smiles.

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Meet Mohamed

Mohamed is a first generation settler from the Tuaregs. Come and meet him in the Atholl Room at the Peel Centenary Centre from 19:30 on Tuesday 15th April. Mohamed will be talking about Tuareg culture, remote village life and local crafts – and you can buy some! Shakti Man is organising this event, and entry is free.

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Live Below the Line

It will soon be time for the challenge to stand alongside the 1.2 billion people across the world who live on £1/day.  From Monday 28th April to Friday 3rd May you are invited to use only £1/day for all your food and drink.

Last year with your help the Global Poverty Project

  • Secured £200m investment from the UK government that could eradicate Polio within the next five years.
  • Created transparency within the fashion industry that will protect the poorest garment workers in Bangladesh.
  • Helped create the noise that secured a wage rise for those garment workers in Bangladesh.

Your support is vital. That’s why we’d like to invite you to take the Live Below the Line challenge again. But this time there is a big incentive.

Sign up via and you could win tickets to see Katy Perry, One Direction, John Newman, Kings of Leon or 100 other artists.

Sign up via and you could win tickets to this summer’s biggest festival – Wireless, Reading and Leeds, Bestival and many more.

Whatever your motivation, thank you for providing the Global Poverty Project with the chance to change people’s lives. Extreme poverty has halved in the past 25 years but there are still 1.2 billion people living on less than £1 a day.

Please consider taking the Live Below the Line challenge for The Global Poverty Project


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