Friday, May 4, 2007

Homeschoolers: Wilberforce Contest For High Schoolers

This contest is being sponsored by The Wilberforce Project in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the 1807 abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. It is inspired by the vision and character of leading activist, William Wilberforce, and his crusade to end slavery and transform culture.
The Wilberforce Project, a division of Humanities for Education, is in post-production of a television documentary for broadcast on PBS in Fall 2007. The documentary explores the 20-year effort of William Wilberforce to lead the abolition of the British slave trade -- a business that was key to the country’s economic strength. Wilberforce and his Clapham colleagues brilliantly executed this enormous task. They managed to shape opinion without the help of mass communication technology.
What To Do: Craft a project that will make your world a better place. Enlist others to help, execute your plan, and document it online. Project areas should reflect the issues and concerns of the 69 societies founded or assisted by William Wilberforce.

Presentations: Project presentations will be submitted entirely online and can take a wide variety of creative forms, but only one or the other--either moving visual or print, not both.
Moving visual, video, and PowerPoint or audio presentations will have strict 5-minute time limit.
Written, print, or photographic presentations will have a 1000 word limit AND 5-page limit.

Project areas include, but are not limited to:

- Modern day forms of slavery
- Poverty
- Political or legislative action
- Education
- Health

Prizes: A total of $50,000 in cash prize money, which includes the $10,000 first place prize, provided by the John Templeton Foundation. In addition to an overall first prize winner, there will be prizes for projects in the other categories, and possibly a runner up for 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Register NOW
to get the contest information ”kit” and guidelines.

Final Project deadline: March 1, 2008. Awards presented in Congress in May, 2008. Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to have time to plan and organize, but registration must be made by January 15, 2008 with a final project deadline of March 1, 2008.

You can watch the trailer for the documentary film, coming in fall 2007 to national television, The Better Hour: William Wilberforce, A man of character who changed the world.
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged that “every school boy” in America knew the great character of William Wilberforce. Yet today the man and his legacy is virtually unknown in the United States. The emancipation leader Frederick Douglass saluted the energy of Wilberforce “that finally thawed the British heart into sympathy for the slave, and moved the strong arm of government in mercy to put an end to this bondage. Let no American, especially no colored American, withhold generous recognition of this stupendous achievement -- a triumph of right over wrong, of good over evil, and a victory for the whole human race.”
If you do not enter the contest, I think it would be very worthwhile to do a study about Wilberforce and his accomplishments.