President Bush and U.N. Secretary General Annan Join in Issuing a Welcome To Young People from Around the World to a Four-day Dialogue on Violence

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Paideia Institute Worldwide

    PHILADELPHIA, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 50 delegates from 30
 nations will arrive in Philadelphia next week (May 1-5) to participate in the
 ninth annual International Philosophy Olympiad for high school students.
 Prior to writing their essays on the theme From Violence to Tolerance: Towards
 Reconciliation, Peace and Democracy, the students will gather in front of
 Independence Hall to hear messages written by Secretary General Kofi Annan and
 President Bush.  The essays will be written in the Quaker Meeting House at 4th
 and Arch Streets in central Philadelphia.
     It marks the first time the international competition for high school
 students has been held in the United States. In most cases, delegates have
 competed in national Olympiads for the privilege of representing their
 nations.
     The Olympiad is held annually under the auspices of UNESCO, Paris, France,
 and the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FIPS), Ankara,
 Turkey.  The event here is being sponsored by Paideia Institute Worldwide,
 Inc., Jacksonville, FL, which has been commissioned by the UN University to
 develop plans for a UN University Center for the Advancement of Civil Society
 and Democracy that will be based in Jacksonville, FL.
     Ioanna Kucaradi, FIPS president, said the essay competition is scheduled
 for Wednesday, May 2 at the Quaker Meeting House.  She said each delegate will
 have four hours to write an impromptu essay in one of the Olympiad's three
 official languages: English, French and German. The language selected may not
 be in the teenager's native tongue.  President Kucaradi and the American
 President Alexander Leeser will perform the final evaluation to determine the
 winners of the Ninth IPO.
     The Olympiad competition, part of the United Nations year-long "Dialogue
 Among Civilizations," is the opening event of the World Congress of Youth.
 Throughout the day dialogue delegates will be contemplating the aspirations
 for the human future outlined in the recently released Earth Charter
 Initiative.
     On Thursday, May 3, the Olympians will participate in a seminar at the
 Global Dialogue Institute of Haverford College.  On Friday, May 4, the
 delegates will be involved in an inter-active program on violence with
 students at Abington Friends School, Jenkintown.
     The World Congress of Youth will conclude on Saturday, May 5 with a
 symposium at Princeton University's East Asian Studies Institute, and a
 meeting with Tu Wei-ming, the noted philosopher, historian and director of
 Harvard University's Yenching Institute which serves as the home base for the
 American National Philosophy Olympiad.
     The Paideia Institute Worldwide is a non-profit organization.  Delegates
 to the Olympiad will be the first fellows in a think tank aimed at engaging
 the acumen of youth in dialogue with world leaders focused on civil society
 and democracy.  The Institute is supported by a host of eminent world leaders
 and prestigious institutions around the world.
 
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    PHILADELPHIA, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 50 delegates from 30
 nations will arrive in Philadelphia next week (May 1-5) to participate in the
 ninth annual International Philosophy Olympiad for high school students.
 Prior to writing their essays on the theme From Violence to Tolerance: Towards
 Reconciliation, Peace and Democracy, the students will gather in front of
 Independence Hall to hear messages written by Secretary General Kofi Annan and
 President Bush.  The essays will be written in the Quaker Meeting House at 4th
 and Arch Streets in central Philadelphia.
     It marks the first time the international competition for high school
 students has been held in the United States. In most cases, delegates have
 competed in national Olympiads for the privilege of representing their
 nations.
     The Olympiad is held annually under the auspices of UNESCO, Paris, France,
 and the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FIPS), Ankara,
 Turkey.  The event here is being sponsored by Paideia Institute Worldwide,
 Inc., Jacksonville, FL, which has been commissioned by the UN University to
 develop plans for a UN University Center for the Advancement of Civil Society
 and Democracy that will be based in Jacksonville, FL.
     Ioanna Kucaradi, FIPS president, said the essay competition is scheduled
 for Wednesday, May 2 at the Quaker Meeting House.  She said each delegate will
 have four hours to write an impromptu essay in one of the Olympiad's three
 official languages: English, French and German. The language selected may not
 be in the teenager's native tongue.  President Kucaradi and the American
 President Alexander Leeser will perform the final evaluation to determine the
 winners of the Ninth IPO.
     The Olympiad competition, part of the United Nations year-long "Dialogue
 Among Civilizations," is the opening event of the World Congress of Youth.
 Throughout the day dialogue delegates will be contemplating the aspirations
 for the human future outlined in the recently released Earth Charter
 Initiative.
     On Thursday, May 3, the Olympians will participate in a seminar at the
 Global Dialogue Institute of Haverford College.  On Friday, May 4, the
 delegates will be involved in an inter-active program on violence with
 students at Abington Friends School, Jenkintown.
     The World Congress of Youth will conclude on Saturday, May 5 with a
 symposium at Princeton University's East Asian Studies Institute, and a
 meeting with Tu Wei-ming, the noted philosopher, historian and director of
 Harvard University's Yenching Institute which serves as the home base for the
 American National Philosophy Olympiad.
     The Paideia Institute Worldwide is a non-profit organization.  Delegates
 to the Olympiad will be the first fellows in a think tank aimed at engaging
 the acumen of youth in dialogue with world leaders focused on civil society
 and democracy.  The Institute is supported by a host of eminent world leaders
 and prestigious institutions around the world.
 
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