Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Press release in "Romania libera" about Romanian schools awarded at the Academy in Senec- Danke, Erste Stiftung!/ Articol in "Romania libera" despre scolile din Romania premiate la Academia din Senec- Danke, Erste Stiftung!

Elena Eigel a trimis acest link la un articol din Romania libera despre proiectul aces si blog.

http://www.romanialibera.ro/actualitate/educatie/doua-scoli-din-romania-premiate-de-academia-scolilor-din-europa-centrala-299247-main_pic1.html

English:
The National College "Sadoveanu" from Paşcani and Special Middle School "Constantin Păunescu" from Iaşi were awarded by the Academy of Central European Schools for their projects within the competition "Understanding Media".

This year, over 100 schools have registered to the Academy of Central European Schools and an international jury of experts awarded five most innovative projects.

The project of the National College “Sadoveanu” -  "Growing up with cartoons"  -  focused on two objectives: to show the influence that the content of today's cartoon has on children and to create a link between past and present cartoons.

"Participating at the activities of the project was a great experience for both teachers and especially the students involved. It was a project made from our hearts, with dedication and we, as teachers, became more aware of the imagination, tolerance and understanding our young students. We also had the opportunity to work with young people from other countries, to see other civilizations, to understand other civilizations and these were the most important motivations for our students to continue to get involved in projects.", commented Mihaela Constantina Vătafu, project coordinator and teacher at the National College "Sadoveanu" in Paşcani.

The project "Media Voices 4 special teens" coordinated by Special Middle School "Constantin Paunescu" from Iaşi aims at raising the public attention to the specific problems of teens with special educational needs. The project aimed to demonstrate that young people with special needs can and should become active members of their communities and should not be regarded as people who need assistance.

"The implementation of this project gave me the opportunity to know my colleague teachers better and they proved to be very enthusiastic, affectionate and devoted to help children with special educational needs. I warmly thank to all those who made possible this enchanted place called acesLAND, I am grateful to them for the atmosphere and spirit of the place (that we tried to bring back tome with us in suitcases), for all the words of encouragement and the advice given, for the warmth we were received with and for all their patience and willingness! We expect and hope to go back there again! " said Elena Eigel, project coordinator and special education teacher at Special Middle School "Constantin Paunescu " from Iaşi.

Approximately 230 students and teachers, representatives of the Ministries of Education and education experts from 15 different countries gathered last week in Senec, Slovakia, for the closing ceremony of the Academy of Central European Schools, the 2012-2013 edition. Among them were representatives of the winning schools in Romania. During the meeting, school representatives presented the results of their projects with the theme "Understanding Media" and exchanged their experience with representatives of other participating schools.

Every year, within aces, there is a contest for school projects based on international partnerships. Romania is part of the international network of these schools since 2006. So far over 63 schools in Romania have successfully participated in these programmes.

The topic of the 2013-2014 cycle is "I and the others. Discovering diversity around and within me" and project proposals must be submitted by April 30. In today's society, diversity has changed from exception to norm: people from different ethnic groups, religions, ages, genders and sexual orientations coexist and should be treated equally. Schools, especially school projects as these, allow students to interact with people from different cultures and learn from each other. Thus, students begin to see the world with different eyes, which will generate critical thinking, greater openness and creativity - essential qualities for our world.

Academy of Central European Schools was initiated in 2006 by the Erste Foundation. The project is coordinated by VČELÍ DOM (Slovakia) and Interkulturelles Zentrum (Austria) and is supported by the Ministries of Education in all 15 participating countries. The main objective is to create conditions for intercultural dialogue and cooperation between students and to create a permanent network of common knowledge, methods of learning and innovation. Approximately 23,000 students and 3,000 teachers from 15 countries took part in the previous editions of aces contests.

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