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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.

Sărulești: ”Knowledge-Based Economy Project brings new European life to an otherwise isolated community”

13.09.2013

The knowledge and experience accumulated while implementing the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, have fundamentally changed the way in which the youngest citizens of Sărulești, Călărași, look to the future. Only in the last year, children and youth in this formerly isolated commune in the middle of Bărăgan plains managed to win more national and international awards after their involvement in educational activities and projects.

Both the teachers and children in Sărulești are saying that for them Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) brought new European breath of life in a community in the heart of Bărăgan, in which low standards of living, poverty and lack of education had left their mark on most people.

More serious involment of all members in community life

 

„Having KEP here in Sărulești School had a great impact both on the teachers and the entire community. People have learned to get European, national or local grants, by writing projects, participating in competitions or partnering with various institutionsm foundations or NGOs. Using computers, OER and IT&C resources facilitated the road towards attracting these funds, involving children in more serious ways, as well as their parents in the community life. KEP managed to bring European breath of life into a village in the heart of Bărăgan where low standards of living, poverty and lack of education had left a huge mark on most locals”, says teacher Mihaela Spina from the Secondary School in Sărulești, who guided several educational projects in the KEP community.

„Children understood they will be tomorrow’s generation, they will be the adults to change their community; this happens because KEP in here in school and community. Knowing and using new technologies didn’t just help us teacher access new projects and develop new educational directions, they are the children’s passport for the future. Thanks to all those who made this project possible!”, Mihaela Spina says.

All new experiences were integrated in class activities. “After joining KEP children developed their computer skills. We did not have a space set up where children could learn such things, before. Many did not know what a computer was, how to use it, what to use it for. KEP taught them all that, and then we started really using its potential”, says Alina Cosei, who is English teacher at the school and coordinated the KEP project regarding IT&C use.


“For instance, in English class where children work with me, I taught them to use emails, communicate on Skype and Yahoo. Then we went on to more complex things, interactive lessons, doing many online exercises. I can says it worked much better and with pen and paper, it really got them involved. He we classes at PAPI and in school, in labs equipped with computers and projectors. I was very happy with KEP and realised that children and youth in our community still come to ask for guidance, although the project is over. It’s obvious we’ve wet their appetite”, Alina Cosei says.

National and international prizes and awards

 

With this knowledge and the experience of KEP, teachers at the Sărulești School won an implemented several educational projects, like „Come to School” (in partnership with UNICEF and Holt foundation in Iași), „Another day in their lives” (a TIA project), „MAI – Mastery, Aptitudes, Initiative” (with the Learning Foundation), „Children Workshops” (with Soros Foundation), „U4energy”, ”Centre for prevention of school abandonment” (with Children in Difficulty Foundation), „A second chance” with the Ministry of Education and Călărași County School Board and „Parental Education” through the Holt Foundation.

The projects aimed to develop children’s education, integrate those who come from under-privileged social circles and the Rroma, preventing and cutting down school dropout rates, counselling and training their parents. Results appeared immediately. Chidren became interested in school, in the online environment, developed skills and won contests like “Young ambassadors against climate change”, where from the 11 national winners 2 were from Sărulești.

In partnership with Terra Mileniul III, RAC-RO, E-ON, „Friends of the Earth” Association in Galați and the Association of Protecting Nature in Norway, people wrote environmental project, thus becoming a SPARE pilot school.

Two years ago, a danse ensemble was formed in Sărulești, including children and youth, both Rroma and Romanian. The ensemble also participated in national competitions, and international ones, winning several important prizes, both for school and community.

Human relationships developed

Obviously, this openness in school led to transforming of the entire community. Children influenced elders who spread the new ideas and spoke about the successes of their children to relatives and neighbours.

„Relations between people in Sărulești are now based on partnership, respect, tolerance, trust and communications, which are values of the projects the children were part of. Young people became involved in an active manner in community life, becoming creative and original when responsibility for decisions was on their shoulders. Projects encouraged team work, cultural diversity and other organisations in the country and abroad. Relations between group members were facilitated, developing inside the group a sense of respect and self-worth, cultural diversity, values of an inclusive society. We partenered with local NGOs and with other organisations from Romania and abroad. Members of our teams were encouraged to communicate, know one another, accept each other and make a team” – that’s how Mihaela Spina sums up the effects brought on by KEP in this community, on the short and medium term.

Online resources:

School and library – the most important KEP interventions in 2012

KEP, the chance for social reintegration and inclusion

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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.