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Oriland.com Website Among Nominations
for International Children's Internet Awards

A website on Origami, http://www.oriland.com/ is among the nominations announced today (19 January), for the 2002 Cable & Wireless Childnet Awards.

The website is one of 11 nominations selected from 160 entries, in line to receive prizes and international recognition across four categories, at this year's Awards' ceremony which will take place in Paris, France in April 2002.

Nominated in the 'Individual category, Orliand.com was produced by two Russians -Yuri and Katrin Shumakov, who are pioneering work to show how origami helps the development of children. Using a mixture of animation, and detailed illustrations the website gives children a fascinating glimpse into the world of Origami and teaches children how to make simple folds as well as producing hundreds of origami models ranging from ornate flowers to dinosaurs!

Katrin Shumakov explains " Through Oriland.com, we aim to promote the wonderful art of origami for children and adults to bring them joy and help to develop their creative abilities we believe everyone has. Using technology to help engage children in paper folding which translates across language and culture is very exciting and the web provides the perfect platform to re discover this ancient art form which creates entertainment for the soul, gymnastics for the mind and training for the hands ! This Award inspires us to develop our project even further".

All nominated projects win a trip for two to attend the Paris event in April and the nominees list includes entries from Australia, Burkina Faso, France, Hong Kong, Reunion, Sweden and USA. The full list of categories, nominations and commended sites can be seen at: http://www.childnetawards.org/ (select: 2002 Shortlist announcement).

The four categories are: 'Individuals', 'Schools', 'Not for profit' and 'New to the Net'. The 'New to the Net' category is included for the first time and has been introduced specially for those who might not have direct Internet access but who nevertheless have new and exciting ideas for internet-based projects and activities to benefit children.

The 'New to the Net' category includes two very different nominations: Edukafaso, a small French non-profit organization helps children in Burkina Faso to start to use the Internet in their schools, while Pauline Yeung from Hong Kong is designing a new project to establish a special on-line Children's Parliament.

This year's entries were assessed by a special Children's team and by an International Judging Panel. The judges were looking not so much for technical expertise or sophisticated web design work, but rather how children are using the Internet creatively to connect and engage with others and meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Awards have been sponsored by Cable and Wireless plc since 1997. Christophe Pochart, Vice President, Cable & Wireless France, and also one of the judges says, "Cable & Wireless is delighted to be involved with Childnet, which is working so hard to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. It is encouraging to see the way that children are beginning to use the Internet creatively and responsibility to challenge adults and children alike and help break down barriers and support other children around the world."

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