The Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspondents offers a specific program to students all over the country

Ever since 1996, a specific schedule, aimed towards students, has been set in place thanks to a partnerhsip between the Calvados Departement, the Region of Normandy, the Ministry of Education and the CLEMI. In between activities within the schools, different highlights ponctuate the week of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award.

Activities for middle school students

Refugee Food Festival: 2nd edition

From Monday October 8th to Friday October 12th
Refugee Food Festival 2nd edition
Middle school canteens open their kitchen’s doors to refugee chefs
From October 8th to October 12th, France’s Calvados Department and UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, in partnership with the French NGO, Food Sweet Food, invite students of different middle schools in Calvados to participate in the Refugee Food Festival.

The idea is to raise students’ awareness of refugees’ situation in France and across the world. The Refugee Food Festival has three objectives: changing perceptions of refugees, accelerating their professional integration and discovering cuisines from elsewhere.

Four days, four middle schools
The following schools will welcome the Refugee Food Festival in France’s Normandy region:
Monday October 8th 2018: Charles Les Sources d’Aure in the town of Caumont L’éventé
Tuesday October 9th 2018: Michelet in the town of Lisieux
Thursday October 11th 2018: Octave Mirbeau in the town of Trévières
Friday October 12th 2018: Paul Éluard in the town of Dives-sur-Mer

Each day, middle school students will learn about refugees’ stories and traditional food from their country, with three highlights:

• In the morning, students will meet with refugees and the UNHCR team. They will discuss the situation of refugees in France and across the world thanks to refugees’ testimonies, Q&A and educational games. A refugee chef, along with school canteens’ cooks, will prepare a traditional meal from his or her country.

• At lunch time, half-board students will taste the dishes the refugee chef cooked with the school canteen’s team.

• In the afternoon, students will participate in cooking workshops during which refugee chefs will prepare snacks. This will be a friendly moment conducive to discussions.

Gaze into the mind of 15 year olds: national measures dedicated to secondary school students

Among a collection of photographs carefully chosen by the AFP (Agence France-Presse), each depicting currents affairs over the last 12 months, students vote/are voting for the picture that comes closer to representing our world today. This activity takes place within the schools, at the beginning of the school year. Thanks to an online platform, secondary school students from all over the country can vote online, giving to this project a true perspective !

More about “Gaze into the mind of 15 year olds”

2018 prize-winning photo © AFP /Franck FIFE

Students to the theatre : an exercise on the right to Freedom of Expression

The Calvados Department, co-organiser of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents invites Calvados’ secondary school students to the screening of a film linked/representing/depicting to current affairs.

Activities for high school students









Calvados, Manche, Orne, Seine Maritime and Eure




high school students

The Normandy Region Award for high school students and trainees

On Monday October 7th 2019, first day of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correpondents, high school students all over Normandy view the official report selection for the category television. Together, they watch 10 short films, lasting from 3 to 7 minutes. Each report talks about a situation of conflict -and its consequences on the civilian population- or the fight for liberty and democracy. Following the screening, each student vote for the report of his/her choosing. This is the perfect occasion for students, trainees and professors all over Normandy to take an interest on current affairs in the presence of international war correspondents who come specifically to meet and discuss with them.

Citizen of the World

In the framework of the territorial unification and thanks to the Region, the Regional Award for high school students and trainees of Normandy is expending its scope and from now on, encompasses the entire norman territory.

A few hours after the poll, the CLEMI encourages the students to put their feeling/thoughts into words- like real journalists do and together, they create the newspaper Citizen of the World. This activity aims to stimulate their thoughts on the reports broadcasted in order for them to better understand and express their point of view in the form of articles or poems. Later on, Citizen of the World is given to the guests and the public during the official Award Ceremony on Saturday October 7thas well as all the participating schools.

The Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award Classes : total immersion

Five schools from Normandy are invited to bring one of their classes –chosen on the base of merit- to live the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents from within. This year, a class from Tunisia will also join this experience. During 3 days, the students, in total immersion, attend the different conferences held by international war reporters, view exhibitions and participate in the official closing ceremony. At the initiative of the Region of Normandy and the CLEMI since 2008, theses classes enable the students to experience the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award in a totally different way.

The Dysturb group – grounds for thoughts

Created by Pierre Terdjam, Dysturb is a group of photojournalists who choose to use urban landscape to bring strong stories to light, stories that often end up being neglected by the medias. During the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, the group intervenes in different schools. The idea is to attach a large-framed photograph on a wall with the students, in order to exchange and react with them on the world’s news. As a result, they create an educational and informative experience that provides a special place for exchanging ideas, sharing and cultural enrichment.

Each year, numerous schools all over the Region partake in the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents by the means of different measures but also by receiving, within their walls, reporters who come to join and exchange with the young generation. More and more schools all over the country organize, of their own initiative, visits to Bayeux in order to experience the various activities and exhibitions.
The Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents is ground for thoughts and remain as such, an unparalleled educational tool.

Contact for Student program
Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award
for War Correspondents

Claire Beauruel
06 70 01 56 48


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The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), partner of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Awar for War Correspondents, offers many educational resources on its website.