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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.

Belin Secondary School wins e-Holidays 2012 competition

03.12.2012

The eighth edition of e-Holidays was the second time that teachers and children from the „Bölöni Farkas Sándor” School in Belin (Covasna County) participated in the competition, which is a component of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society. If, in 2009, they were on 55th place, now they can be proud to call themselves the winners, after taking first place with 91 points. While children enjoy prizes offered by the KEP, teachers are happy that their passion and dedication were once more acknowledged.

The eighth edition of the e-Holidays competition included 152 schools and highschool from KEP communities, and the other winners are: Bănia Secondary School, Caraș Severin (90 points) – 2nd place, Secondary School in Vărăști, Giurgiu, (88 points) – 3rd place, Secondary School in Grămești, Suceava (87 points) – 4th place, Secondary School nr. 1 in Jimbolia, Timiș (87 points) – 5th place. The prize for the `Best virtual presentation of the community’ went to the Arts and Crafts School in Cristești, Iași (87 points), and the reward for the ”Best interdisciplinary activity” went to the Secondary School Iernut, Mureș (87 points).

The great result of the team of the „Bölöni Farkas Sándor” Secondary School was even more surprising for teachers since the children had no previous experience in such a competition, being included in e-Holidays for the first time. Thus, it’s one more piece of proof of the involvement children and teachers showed in the KEP project; it shows their passion, perseverance, cooperation and teamwork. Throughout the activity, children were guided by the KEP team of the school, composed of: Iștoc Romeo, teacher for primary classes, Sibianu Anamaria, teacher for primary classes, Bădescu Dorina-Elisabeta, teacher for primary classes, and principal Păcurar Dorel.

„The fact that we took 1st place from more than 100 schools makes us proud of our school, its pupils and teachers, but also gives us the responsibility to organise such competitions in the future – both attractive and motivating for children. Pupils were totally dedicated, loved to work in each activity both individually and in groups, took part in gathering information in order to carry out some activities and carried out online research for other”, teacher Romeo Iștoc says.

School website, created during the competition

Because the children showed interest and got involved with their entire heart in the activities, teacher promised them that the results of their work will be posted online. This is why the materials can now be seen both on the school website and on Facebook.

„Besides the substantial prizes offered, pupils were motivated by the promise of teachers to create a school website where their creations will be posted from now on – starting with e-Holidays and continuing with all future activities”, Iștoc says

This is already taking place and following the competition a wiki for the school was created (https://scoalagimnazialabelin.wikispaces.com/ and https://scoalaprimarabelin-vale.wikispaces.com/), as well as two Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/bolonifarkassandor și www.facebook.com/scoalaprimarabelinvale).

Skippy, an alien wishing to know Belin

Pupils promptly answered the call of the competition, whose goal was to use digital resources – something which is normally very attractive for pupils. They created a movies showcasing the history of IT&C resources evolution, took photos of Belin’s most important spots and gathered information about the locality from important institutions (library, City Hall etc.), from people in the village and from the internet. They also created an online presentation of the main renewable energy sources.

What made the difference between their materials and those of other schools was their idea to give continuity to materials created. “All activities were just as interesting. But it was a special idea they had to connect them – the topics were all presented to a fictional character called Skippy, who came from another planet and to whom children want to present the history of computers and the Internet, and then the wonderful atmosphere in Belin, showing him the greatest places, traditions and customs, school and village activities, tourist attractions. This activity was also motivating for children because by creating the presentations and posting them online they were actually promoting their community”, the teacher says.

Motivating prizes

Recently, the school in Belin received the prizes KEP offered for their results, consisting of modern IT&C instruments: smartphones and tablets. Pupils were more than thrilled, and from then on they are always next to their latest generation gadgets.

„In our other competitions so far, we would motivate children with a diploma, buy a book maybe for 1st place, now, in the e-Holidays contest, the prizes were amazing, something they wouldn’t even dream of. In fact, they are eager for a new competition to start and, I have to admit, it also motivated us in continuing what we started in this wonderful KEP project. Our accomplishment also had a positive impact in the school, more and more children and getting interested in this kind of competition, in what KEP means and in using digital tools”, Iștoc says.

„I like to believe that KEP isn’t ending, it’s just beginning”

The e-Holidays competition mean for Romeo Iștoc a chance to prove his passion for using digital resources in curricular and extracurricular activities, for his involvement in the KEP project. The determination showed by the KEP team of the school and the hard work of pupils were the ingredients which took the school to first place. At the end of the KEP project, the teacher is feeling regret, but at the same time he’s happy for having the chance to experience so many new things in the past years.

His work was also rewarded with one of the 10 titles of „Champion of Digital Education” offered by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society to the best teachers in KEP communities, during a conference organised on November 19th to 20th, 2012, in Bucharest. It marked the end of the technical assistance programme in the 229 Romanian communities.

„The entire KEP project was for us a new learning experience, in which new web 2.0 applications found their place, like: Windows Movie Maker, YouTube Movie Maker, Photosynth or Picasa. I like to think KEP isn’t ending, but just beginning. Discovering a new online application, finding a new friend, creating a new project or starting a new partnership all mean new beginnings for me. It’s a start I want to share with colleagues in school and those from non-KEP schools. What did KEP mean to me? Creativity, work, perseverance, networking, motivation, innovation, reward, efficiency. I like to believe that this series of words will be continued by other teachers who will discover the Knowledge-Based Economy”, the teacher concludes.

Online resources:

e-Holidays in Ştefan cel Mare: between fear of the new and the joy of success

In Teiu, the “e-Holidays!” project created long-lasting friendships with children from other countries

„e-Holiday”, the first step of the Vărăşti school towards the podium of the “Education Awards Gala”

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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.