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

Inter'Act Tour 2019 © Département du Calvados

Inter’Act Tour: 4th edition

With the United Nations Refugee Agency

For the fourth consecutive year, the France’s Calvados Department, the City of Bayeux and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) are organizing an awareness action in four colleges of Calvados, from 5 to 9 October.

The idea? Raise students’ awareness of refugees’ situation in France and across the world.
Goals ? Develop the gaze on refugee status and discover dishes from elsewhere.

Over four days, four institutions will host the device.

  • Monday, October 5, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • Friday, October 9, 2020

Due to the health situation, it will not be possible this year to offer the preparation of a meal with a refugee chef.

Between awareness and gastronomy, the day will have different highlights for middle school students. They will meet refugees and UNHCR teams. They will discuss the situation of refugees in France and across the world thanks to refugees’ testimonies, Q&A and educational games. A photo exhibition and a virtual tour of a refugee camp will also be presented to the students.

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 !

Visit the official website for “Gaze into the mind of 15 year olds”

2019 prize-winning photo – October 31, 2018 – Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Russian Federation – Polar bears feed at a garbage dump on the remote Russian northern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, a tightly-controlled military area where a village declared a state of emergency in February after dozens of bears were seen entering homes and public buildings. © AFP / Alexander GRIR

AFP Meetings, Tuesday October 6, 2020

For the fourth year in a row, the Bayeux Award, in partnership with the Department of Calvados and AFP, invites Calvados college students to review the selection of the operation Gaze into the mind of 15 year olds through a meeting with a reporter-photographer. This exchange aims for students to learn to read the image alongside a professional.

The results of the operation Gaze into the mind of 15 year olds will be unveiled on this day.


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

Prix Région Normandie des lycéens et des apprentis 2019 © Ville de Bayeux

The Normandy Region Award for high school students and trainees

On Monday October 5th 2020, 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 2 to 6 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.

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.

Citizen of the World

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 10th as 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 – selected according to their motivation and projects – to live the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents from within. 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.

High school reporters

Accompanied by a journalist from Ouest-France and by teachers, a dozen high school students from the Prix Bayeux classes become budding reporters for three days. Like professional journalists, they cover the event, write their articles and take their photos. This work is published in the Norman editions of Ouest-France, Monday, October 12.

High school reporters also work on web radio and web TV projects. They are thus introduced to the various techniques of the press thanks to specialist teachers who provide sound recording, filming and mixing consoles.


Since 2019 and in order to extend the media education actions offered during the Bayeux Award week, residencies have been organized throughout the year in Normandy high schools, in partnership with the Normandy Region, the Rectorat of Normandy, the DRAAF and the City of Bayeux.

Workshops, screenings, discussions… The interventions, thoughts and co-constructed by the teaching teams in conjunction with the participating journalists, allow students to become more familiar with the challenges of the profession of journalists, the construction, processing and circulation of the information. At the end of this exceptional educational event, high school students and apprentices report on their experience through a media production.

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


« Travailler sur le reportage de guerre : des pistes pour la classe »
© Service Éducation aux médias – Rectorat Caen


New in 2017, Amnesty International, partner of the Bayeux-Calvados Award,  offers a “see to understand” format on civilians in conflict. Discover this didactic series.

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