Rolls Royce unveils “Bumblebee 5000” car based on 11-year-old girl’s winning entry to best futuristic concepts competition
Rolls-Royce has unveiled what may be the future of motor transport – a car based on a bumblebee and powered by honey.
The prestigious British car manufacturer brought to life a series of the best futuristic concepts.
This included the outlandish bee car which features wings and was designed by an 11-year-old schoolgirl identified as “Sofia”.
More than 5,000 designs and blueprints were submitted by children across 80 countries as part of a competition during the lockdown.
It was devised to provide a creative outlet for children aged 16 and under confined by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
The firm’s design team at Goodwood, West Sussex, then used the same software they would for a real Rolls-Royce project to digitally enhance the drawings. +9
The UK winner of the Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition was Sofia, 11, with her Bumblebee 5000
The UK winner of the Young Designer Competition was 11-year-old Sofia with her Rolls-Royce Bumblebee 5000 which the CEO of Rolls Royce described as ‘quite extraordinary’.
A delighted Sofia said: ‘The Bumblebee 5000 is the very best way to travel and to have parties in with your family and friends.
‘Moving smoothly, it will take you wherever you want to go with style and having fun.
‘With comfortable tables and chairs, a disco ball, the best surround sound system, WiFi, GPS, a hook for luggage and much more, it makes it the best option on the automobile market.
‘You will never see anything else like it.’ +9
The competition saw more than 5,000 designs and blueprints submitted by children across 80 countries during lockdown
CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars “Torsten Müller-Ötvös” agreed, saying: ‘The entries that stood out for us were those that showed a real depth of thought, effort and expression, and incorporated lots of different details.
‘The best didn’t just draw “the nicest car”: they created amazing experiences that showed the freedom of their imagination, not hindered by physical, real-world constraints. The winning entry is quite extraordinary.’
Head of Bespoke Design Gavin Hartley added: ‘We were particularly drawn to Bumblebee 5000 because it’s all about sociability, having fun, sharing good times and having the finer things in life, which is exactly what Rolls-Royce is all about.
‘It also reflected our own interest as a company in the natural world and bees in particular.+9
The Bluebird II was designed by Chenyang, aged 13 from China, and won the technology category+9
The Capsule was designed by six-year-old Saya from Japan and won the environment category.
Sofia’s school is to have an electric car kit installed, enabling them to participate in future Greenpower motorsport events.
She also won a chauffeur-driven ride to school in a Rolls-Royce with her best friend.
There were no rules or specified judging criteria to constrain entrants and children could let their imagination run free, creating designs of richness, creativity and diversity. +9
Florian, aged 16 from France, designed the Turtle Car which can transport passengers by sea, land and air. The entry won the fantasy category +9
For the fun category Léna, aged 11 from Hungary, designed a colourful vehicle called Glow
The original deadline for entries was extended after the competition proved an instant success.
There were four other category winners in technology, environment, fantasy and fun with winners from across the world and ranging in age from six to 16.
The technology winner was Chenyang, 13 from China, who designed the Rolls-Royce Bluebird II while the environment category was won by six-year-old Saya from Japan for the Rolls-Royce Capsule design.
The Turtle Car by Florian, 16 from France, which can transport passengers by land, sea and air won the fantasy category and Léna, 11 from Hungary, won the fun category for the Rolls-Royce Glow.
Three entries came highly commended, including Bolt which was designed by Declan, aged 10 from the United Kingdom.
The other two highly commended entries were nine-year-old Tim from Germany for Prosperity and six-year-old Alisa from Russia for House of Esperanto. +9
The Pinnacle of Intergalactic Space Travel: Ten-year-old Declan’s design Bolt was highly commended by the judges+9
Nine-year-old Tim from Germany was also highly commended for his design Prosperity +9
Alissa, aged six from Russia, designed the House of Esperanto vehicle, which can communicate with every creature and combines house and car, was highly commended
Mr Müller-Ötvös said: ‘On behalf of myself and everyone at Rolls-Royce, I would like to thank every single Young Designer who entered the competition, and for all the thought, hard work and creativity that went into their designs.
‘There is some amazing talent out there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our entrants went on to work as car designers one day – perhaps even at Rolls-Royce.
‘The most important thing I’ve learned from this competition is that whatever our circumstances, we have the power to create amazing things, because our imagination is always free to fly.
‘I hope the children who took part will recognise this, too, and that it will be something positive they can take from their pandemic experience.’
UNICEF campaigns: #ReopenSchools, as 77m children spend 18 months shut out of classrooms
By Gistflash News
Sept 17, 2021
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the world is facing an education crisis due to the COVID pandemic, that has left nearly 77 million children shut out of the classroom for the past 18 months.
UNICEF is closing down its social media channels on Thursday for the next 18 hours to send one message to the world: #ReopenSchools for in-person learning as soon as possible, the UN correspondent of the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is joining UNICEF, together with the World Bank, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid operation, the LEGO Foundation and the WEF Global Shapers community of world youth.
For UNICEF, the right to go to school is central to every child’s development, safety and well-being. Yet in too many countries, classrooms remain closed, while social gatherings continue to take place in restaurants, salons and gyms.
The agency believes “this generation of children and youth, cannot afford any more disruptions to their education.”
New numbers from UNESCO, released this Thursday, showed that schools are now fully open in 117 countries, with 539 million students back in class, ranging from pre-primary to secondary levels.
This represents 35 per cent of the total student population across the world, compared to 16 per cent who returned to school in September 2020, when schools were only open, or partially-open, in 94 countries.
Around 117 million students, representing 7.5 per cent of the total, are still affected by complete school closures in 18 countries. The number of countries with partly opened schools, has declined from 52 to 41 over the same period.
In all countries that had prolonged full school closures, education was provided through a combination of online classes, printed modules, as well as tuition through TV and radio networks.
UNESCO and its Global Education Coalition partners have been advocating for the safe reopening of schools, urging full closures to be used as a measure of last resort.
Since the onset of the pandemic, schools were completely closed for an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) worldwide. If partial closures are accounted for, the average duration of closures represents 34 weeks (8.5 months) worldwide, or nearly a full academic year.
For UNESCO, the past two academic years have resulted in learning losses and increased drop-out rates, impacting the most vulnerable students disproportionately.
Schools in most countries have adopted some forms of sanitation protocol such as wearing masks, using hand sanitisers, improving ventilation and social distancing, which were also key to re-opening schools in 2020.
Some countries have also introduced large scale testing, as well as temporary classroom and school closures when the virus was detected.
UNICEF and UNESCO say teachers should be prioritised to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in order to ensure a safe return to schools.
Rising vaccination rates among both general population and teaching staff, has also been a key factor in reopening schools.
The vaccination of teachers has been prioritised in around 80 countries, allowing for the inoculation of some 42 million teachers. In a handful of countries, the vaccination of students aged 12 and over, is an important factor in determining the full re-opening of schools.
Action to accelerate the recovery of learning losses remains an essential component of national COVID-19 education responses. For that, UNESCO says teachers and educators need adequate support and preparation.
Connectivity and bridging the digital divide also remained key priorities in building the resilience of education systems and providing hybrid learning opportunities.
For that reason, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank have partnered in an initiative called Mission: “Recovering Education 2021’’.
The initiative supports governments in bringing all learners back to school, run programmes to help them catch up on lost learning, and prepare teachers to address learning losses and incorporate new digital technology.
Nigeria hosts 33rd UNESCO summit to enhance biodiversity conservation
By Gistflash News
Sept 13, 2021
Nigeria on Monday hosted the 33rd UN Education, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) summit in Abuja to review progress, define priorities and coordinate international cooperation in support of biodiversity and ecological sciences.
Ms Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, while making a remark at the UNESCO 33rd session of the MAB-ICC Programme, said it was the first time such a summit was held in Africa.
Azoulay said that the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB-ICC) provided an opportunity for the council to review proposals for new biosphere reserves.
UNESCO, a custodian of knowledge and know-how concerning biodiversity, has been developing concrete solutions to environmental challenges for over 50 years through the MAB programme and its network of protected sites, covering nearly six per cent of the planet.
With 714 biosphere reserves in 129 countries, including transboundary sites, UNESCO seeks to reconcile humans and nature and demonstrate that it is possible to use biodiversity sustainably while fostering its conservation.
The director-general expressed concern that biodiversity was collapsing, at an unprecedented speed globally.
She said that the collapse was from the treetops to the ocean depths and from vertebrates to invertebrates, adding that no species was spared.
“This is the spirit driving UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme. It is what makes it so pioneering, and so valuable.
“We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace. With this impending collapse, not only is human survival at risk, but also the beauty, the diversity of the world.
“But this collapse is not inevitable: there is still time to make peace with the planet,” she said.
According to her, there is the conviction that we can re-forge our relationship with nature, that we can reconcile development and environmental protection.
“We must harness the power of education to rebuild our relationship with nature. UNESCO is fully mobilised to ensure that the environment becomes a key curriculum component by 2025.
“This is in line with the commitment made by the 80th governments we gathered at the Berlin conference last May.
The director-general thanked President, Muhammadu Buhari, for making the meeting a huge success.
The Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, said that the MAB programme presented a unique platform for cooperation on research and development, ecological restoration, capacity-building and networking to share information, knowledge and experience.
Ikeazor said that the MAB programme was on three interlinked issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change and sustainable development, adding that the world was facing planetary crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
According to her, this global loss of biodiversity is threatening the security of the world’s food supplies and the livelihoods of millions of people including indigenous people and local communities, especially in the African region.
“The good news is that it is not too late to reverse the current trends if conservation efforts are scaled up and protected areas are expanded.
“This is the first time that MAB-ICC is being held on the African continent since its inception and I am proud that Nigeria has taken the lead by hosting this event today,’’ she said.
Also, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, called on all relevant organisations both global and national to rise up and take responsibility to restore human nature for a healthy environment.
Kallon said that the UN system was implementing a number of activities geared towards protecting the ecosystem and biodiversity of Nigeria, as well as addressing the consequences orchestrated by Covid-19 and climate change amongst others.
“The activities include, reducing the incidence of out of school children to help Nigeria build its human capital.
“Also, engaging youths for long-lasting peacebuilding efforts, and to create solutions for COVID-19’s worst impacts,’’ he said.
Kallon commended the effort of UNESCO in establishing the Man and the Biosphere Programme, which connected all governments of its member states.
Prof. Adeshola Adepoju, Chair of MAB-ICC and Director-General of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), said that MAB programme provided a unique platform for cooperation on research and development.
Adepoju said that MAB programme was launched by UNESCO in 1971, adding that it was aimed at establishing a scientific basis and dedicated to the relationship between humans and the environment to sustainable use of natural resources.
“The MAB programme contributes not only to better understanding of the environment but also promotes greater involvement of science and scientists in policy development concerning the wise use of biological diversity,’’ he said.
He appreciated the President, Mohammadu Buhari, the UNESCO, UN, the Ministry of Environment and other dignitaries for making the summit a huge success.
FG commences rebuilding of schools in Yobe
By Gistflash News
Sept 11, 2021
The Federal Government through the North East Development Commission (NEDC) has commenced the building of more schools in Yobe and other parts of the North-East.
NEDC is a department of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The Yobe government had provided land for the building of new primary and secondary schools in Potsdam, Buni Yadi (Gujba) and Gahsua (Bade) Local Government Areas.
The commission’s Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali, who made the disclosure on Saturday in Gasua, said that the initiative was meant to address the current problem of insufficient classrooms.
According to him, the problem in primary and secondary schools in the North-East region is due to activities of insurgents.
Akali said that insurgency and other factors had made the region highest on the poverty index and lowest in literacy rate and highest in poverty.
The managing director added that the destruction of schools by the insurgents had disrupted primary and secondary education in the region.
“Widespread poverty coupled with insecurity, has rendered an estimated 600,000 young people unable to go beyond the primary or secondary school levels.
“As such, millions of the out of school children in the Region remain uneducated, justifying the need for massive intervention in the development of school infrastructure.
“Consequently, the commission resolved to construct three composite mega schools or upgrading of existing ones in each states of the region, thus making 18, one in each of the Senatorial District.
“We are also going to complement the physical structure with soft support like teachers’ training, curriculum and upgrade.,” he said.
In his remarks, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, commended the commission’s gesture, adding that it was “timely and desirable” and was in line with his government’s policy on education.
Represented by his Chief of Staff Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf, Buni appealed to members of the community, local government authorities and the emirate council to take ownership of the projects .
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