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Awards and prizes

 

EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.

 

The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.

 

National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.

 

e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.

 

Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

KEP, the chance for social reintegration and inclusion

04.10.2012

Marginalisation and social exclusion are often due not just to economic criteria, but to lack of basic skills and competences, illiteracy or senior age. Reintegrating such people in society, whether they are children, adults or elderly, is an important goal for the 229 RECL managers throughout Romania, and for all RECL employees, who work in the framework of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by Ministry of Communications and Information Society.

Becoming digitally literate, through access to IT&C technologies, as well as creating skills for an inclusive society, are, alongside promoting digitally-assisted learning, several of the specific request of the Romanian Government. For the past eight years, the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) has tried to raise to the challenge of these requests, set out in the i2010 Initiative – „An Information Society for all Europeans”.

It was launched by the European Commission in 2005, in order to support the goals of the Lisbon Strategy – aiming to fight the institutional digital divide and promote digital inclusion at a personal level. „A society of learning is the most valid proof against exclusion. Knowledge, skills and abilities are the main capital European citizens have, and the e-skills are the key component in the lifelong learning process. IT&C has the potential to allow innovative, lifelong learning for all. We must make sure these become a reality”, former European Commissioner for Education and Culture Ján Figel said.

These are also the aims of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP), and there is increasing evidence that RECL employees are putting in a lot of effort, through very diverse means, in order to make these aims a reality.

Digital literacy, a PAPI priority

Such an example of digital inclusion through digital literacy is taking place right now in Mircea Vodă, a commune in Brăila County, using IT&C infrastructure and with support from RECL manager Cornelia Presadă.

At 24 years of age, Augustin Drăghici is a young man who can’t read or write. He was socially excluded due to a motor disability and a terrible illness. However, he discovered the road to PAPI and came asking for help. “One day, I heard him ask the teachers, even kindergarten teachers, to teach him how to write his name. I decided to help!”.

The RECL manager understood that by using the newest IT&C applications she now has access too she can make a difference in the young man’s situation – simpler, faster and even more pleasant. “I realised that in his case, using IT&C means – specifically, Open Educational Resources (OER) – would be much more helpful than a classic learning process”, Cornelia Presadă said.

OER are complete digital instruments used in pre-school level activity and first-school (alphabet, printable digital pages with rich multimedia illustrations, online educational activity charts, graphics and interactive animations, video simulations and demonstrations, games and puzzles), through which the teaching/learning process can be much simplified.

Today, most such resources are created and published freely online, using web 2.0 collaboration systems.

These are the tools which the Mircea Vodă RECL manager chose in order to help Augustin become functional in society. From that moment, he came every day at the Mircea Vodă public library, where the RECL manager also works as librarian. „I really appreciate his will power and ambition. This is also why I included him in the eCULTURA project, in which he showed lots of enthusiasm. At the end of our project «Library, an unknown land. Explore it with a click», I will offer him a special diploma, in the presence of children, teachers and local authorities, so that he may feel he has achieved something special and that his efforts are being rewarded”, Cornelia Presadă concluded.

Education for all, in all KEP communities

The hard journey and the personal success of Augustin Drăghici is one of hundreds of examples that KEP representatives could name, after facing such situations and deciding to implement programmes for access to education for under-privileged groups, to integrate IT&C in education by using digital resources in the teaching process.

Literacy programmes for adults took place in Bicaz (Neamț), comuna Calafindești (Suceava), Sărulești (Călărași) or Chiojdeni (Vrancea), in the framework of a project called „A second chance”.

A digital literacy component was included in all courses organised in 229 KEP communities, for hundreds of unemployed or people with social exclusion risks on economic criteria.

Senior citizens were also part in this national effort. „IT Training for Seniors” is a project financed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society through the CONECT partnership programme. Through it, hundreds of senior citizens met this „new technology” and learned the basics of computers, thus proving that lifelong learning and eInclusion are possible even in Romania’s poorest communities. “First, I thought that at my age of 71 years this sophisticated technology will not be accessible. I was wrong!”, said Emilia Pletea, after learning to navigate on the Internet and communicate online at PAPI Florica.

Missis Nicolina Petrov from Târgu Frumos also says that learning about PAPI changed her life – and she thanks the initiators of the KEP: „I did not imagine that, at my age, I will ever learn how to work on a computer. I must confess I am a different person now, with other interests, and I am much better informed!”, she says.

Creative use of computers

In order to assimilate new techniques in IT use for education, as well as in order to attract new users from rural areas (parents, grandparents, entrepreneurs, locals) towards IT, several aims were set. These included strong cooperation between various KEP components, as well as improving good practices in extra-curricular activities, characterised by the creative use of computers, communication and development of educational communities, and modern teaching techniques.

This is because the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) aims to transform the “recession, poverty, feeling of exclusion, lack of digital skills, lack of confidence of local actors, into legitimacy, skills, self-trust, trust in authorities, regaining self-respect and inter-community partnerships”.

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Awards and prizes

 

EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.

 

The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.

 

National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.

 

e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.

 

Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

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