Taiwanese youth outperformed their counterparts in this year's International Schools' CyberFair, securing the first place with 49 projects winning awards in recognition of their creative use of the Internet.
The annual competition held by Global SchoolNet encourages youth to work collaboratively and to research and publish their findings on the Web.
Faced with fierce competition from 430 schools worldwide representing 300,000 students from 43 countries, Taiwan won 49 awards, among which are 4 platinum, 13 gold, 12 silver and 20 special awards, far ahead of the 11 awards won by the country in second place, the US.
Taipei and Kaohsiung equally rank as the most-award winning cities in the world, with each snapping up three gold, three silver, and two special awards.
Taiwan's Aboriginal elementary schools also received four awards in this international competition, two of which are platinum, indicating the success of Information Technology education among the Aboriginal youngsters.
Taiwanese projects ranged from the accomplishments of indigenous mountain dwellers to the amazing world of bees.
The other top projects originated from Canada, Latvia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Stories showcased people and programs that are actively providing solutions or solving problems.
One project told about the unique history of Riga, Latvia, through its monuments and the words of the people who lived through the Soviet times.
This year's theme was "achieve and unite," encouraging youth to take action so as to improve their lives and unite their communities.
Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories -- local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art and local specialties.