KWN got its start in 1989 in the U.S. as a hands-on video education program supported by Panasonic North America, which supplied video cameras and editing equipment to primary and secondary schools to make news programs from the perspective of children.
The program was subsequently expanded on a global scale. At present, 18 countries and region participate in the program.
KWN is designed to foster creativity and communication skills among young students. Supervising teachers cite further merits of the program such as a heightened awareness of the community and the environment as well as development of team skills among participants through the process of creating videos. The global network of KWN schools also provides a platform for international exchange among KWN students.