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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.

RECL manager Cornelia Presadă, “an example for all librarians in Brăila”

14.02.2013

By simply searching for the name “Cornelia Presadă” on the blog of the Brăila County Library, one can find several articles highlighting her worthy initiatives. The most recent is called «The profession of giving», and offers a long description of the work the RECL manager in Mircea Vodă has accomplished in the eCULTURA programme, part of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society. Corina Cioraru, the author of the article in questions, has no hesitations in writing that the KEP representative is a model for all librarians in Brăila

RECL manager Cornelia Presadă
surrounded by the youngest fans of PAPI

Corina Ciuraru is the coordinator of the Biblionet programme for Brăila County, and works as head of the Department for Automation, Digitisation and Desktop Publishing at the «Panait Istratii» Library of Brăila. As Biblionet coordinator, her steps often took her to Mircea Vodă, where she was always surprised by the many activities organised by Cornelia Presadă, in her quality as director of the Cultural Centre, RECL manager or librarian. Presadă worked with children in the community, prepared surprises for women on March 8th, headed projects financed and implemented by KEP – and Corina Ciuraru felt the need to let everyone in Brăila learn about the RECL manager’s activity (http://www.bjbraila.ro/bibliotecabraila/?s=cornelia+presada).

„He is a kind soul and I believe her, with no offense to her other colleagues, the hardest working librarian in Brăila. I only write on the blog if I feel a person deserves it”, Corina Ciuraru says.


«The profession of giving»

“It seems like a story, since it’s too beautiful, but it’s about real people and facts. It all started in 2011, during the holidays, when our librarian noticed two types of children came to the library: those who lent books to read and other who were just looking around without asking for anything. She quickly learned the issue: children of the latter category were the «black sheep» of schools, problem-children, mostly failing in some classes, considered failures of their teachers, going through school barely learning how to read and write. They were a step away from the wonders of books, but had no access. You need to love people in order to generate ideas which would help them – and Cornelia does, indeed!”, Corina Cioraru writes on the library’s blog.

The article is called «The profession of giving» and fully describes how a KEP managed to change the lives of 20 children who previously had bad results in school, through a project called “Library, an unknown land. Explore it with a click!” (http://www.bjbraila.ro/bibliotecabraila).

“Ever since she first asked for KEP financing for the project, she spoke to me of her plans. She won and had to deal with even more workload than she previously had. I followed her activities and was amazed by what she could accomplish in such a short time. For instance, one of the activities was teaching children to use computers, and Cornelia became a trainer, as suits a modern-day librarian. When I interviewed her for the article, she told me how happy she was that her children are the first in the county who know how to use an e-book reader”, Corina Ciuraru says.

Qualified as librarian

Also through eCULTURA, Cornelia Presadă managed to receive formal qualification as librarian. She wanted to know how to get children’s attention and help them remember the books with fairytales and immortal stories awaiting them on the shelves. She even went to far as to take from home the toys of her now-grown children, who did not need them anymore. For younger children in the community, it added to the attractiveness of the library.

“I also liked the trick she did we the chair, which I’m sure you don’t know. The librarian must have the nicest chair in the library, that’s a prerequisite. Children know that, when there are no more regular seats available, one of them can take the librarian’s chair. However, on that chair there is always a book and whoever sits there must read it. It wasn’t hard, books chosen were happy, clever, with pictures”, Ciuraru writes in her article.

A model librarian

The dynamism and imagination of Corneliei Presadă are sure to be the topic of many future stories, available to all who want to learn from a professional. That’s quite the right word - since working for KEP turned Cornelia Presadă into a seasoned professional, loved in Mircea Vodă and known throughout Brăila.

„She is a model librarian and these articles are simply good practice examples. I want librarians who lack experience or ideas to find inspiration in her activity, so that libraries evolve from being storage rooms for book, as it’s usually the case in the countryside, and take a step towards public spaces. It’s true, Cornelia has some experience as she also managed a PAPI, but from what I’ve come to learn it’s not all about experience with her. She works with a lot of dedication, you can see tranquillity on her face although she tacked many issues and, as few people know, she doesn’t have a permanent posting to the librarian position. However, she does everything like it’s the first and last day in which she can prove how much she loves people – that’s where the joy visible in her eyes come from”, Corina Ciuraru concludes.

Online resources:

Marian Ilie, the man who turned Luncaviţa into one of the most modern communities in Tulcea County

Florea Marin went from Prundeni to the head of the National Association of Public Administrators, using his experience as RECL manager

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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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