The best eTwinning projects at European level were awarded during the Prizes Ceremony that took place on 8 April, in Brussels. The main aim of the event is to reward the best eTwinning projects from the previous school year, and especially to congratulate the people behind them: the eTwinning teachers and pupils.
Anne Gilleran, Pedagogical Manager of eTwinning, presented the ceremony, which was held in the capital of Europe for the first time. The event counted with the presence of Jan Truszczyński, the DG of Education and Culture European Commission, Malika Benarab from the Education committee at the European Parliament and Isabelle Durant, MEP from Belgium. They all congratulated the winners personally and celebrated their success.
Jan Truszczynski explained that the European Commission is very proud of eTwinning, which “has become an essential part of the new Erasmus + programme”. The Director-General of Education and Culture congratulated the winners on the stage and unveiled the best eTwinning project 2014, the best-kept secret of the ceremony. This prize is voted among the 3 winning projects in the Ages Categories by the National Support Services from all the countries involved in eTwinning. This year, the overall winning prize went to LYPS: Let Your Passion Shine.
Isabelle Durant, MEP from Belgium, congratulated the winners as well and welcomed them to her home city. Finally, Malika Benarab from the Education committee at the EP, highlighted role of teachers “in the promotion of critical thinking and a safe use of internet”.
More than two hundred participants joined the ceremony in Brussels and thousands of people followed it thanks to Social Media.
The main Prizes are sponsored by the European Commission. There are three age categories (4-11, 12-15 and 16-19 years old) and in each category, a European jury chooses the winner and finalist projects. You can learn more about the evaluation process in the eTwinning Portal.
Winners and runners-up in each category were presented and rewarded during the ceremony. On the Videos section, you can watch the summary videos to all the projects, with the main outcomes and testimonies by the teachers and students about their experiences in eTwinning.
LYPS: Let Your Passion Shine, winner of the 4-11 age category, was highlighted by the jury as an “excellent example of best practice and a true collaboration under many aspects”. In this category, Talking Pictures was selected as runner-up.
Stories in History and Health4Life were awarded as runner-up and winner of the 12-15 age category, respectively. The jury said about the winner project that it is “an example of very well implemented eTwinning activities for exam preparations and hence their integration into the curriculum, making it fun without being noticed”.
In the 16-19 age category, Euroguide project was chosen by the jury as runner-up and Photography as a pedagogical tool, winner. The jury highlighted the close team work between teachers in this project, in order to produce activities “relevant pedagogically but also engaging for their pupils”.
The special five categories are sponsored by different institutions in Europe. The Spanish Language Prize, supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, is ¿Conoces este cuento? It was presented by Lourdes Gozalo Arranz (NSS), on behalf of Esther Castilla Delgado, Deputy Director General of Regional Cooperation.
The winner of the French Language category, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education, was Moi, Toi, Lettres a nous. It was introduced Janina Zaliska Conseillère du Président de la Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français.
On behalf of the British Council, institution that sponsors the English as a Second Language prize, Rosalyn Kennedy gave the trophy to the project Gold rules of behaviour.
The special category prize for projects in Maths and Science, entitled after Marie Sklodowska-Curie, is sponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service of Poland. Tomasz Szymezak, eTwinning Program Director-NSS Poland, introduced the winner project in this category: RIVER: Research Inside and Verify Environmental Risk.
The last special category was the Mervlana Prize for Intercultural Understanding and corresponded to the project e-cultural Kaleidoscope. This prize is sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Turkey and it was introduced by Sina Ada, member of the Turkish National Support Service for eTwinning.
After the ceremony, all the participants were invited to a cocktail to drink a toast to the winners.