I was overwhelmed with joy two days ago when I found out that the project “Organic Garden Dream” won the Global Junior Challenge Award in the category ICT for Environmental Sustainability in Rome, Italy! Cindea TsuiChin Hung, the coordinator in Taiwan, 4 of the students in her team, Yoshie Naya from Japan and Eric Vayssie from France were presented with the beautiful medal of the Etruscan she-wolf with Romulus and Remus, the symbol of the foundation of the city of Rome.
This is an amazing project, which deserves every recognition that it receives – and its results and benefits have been honoured in the past 5 years of the project constantly! Students and teachers from more than 20 countries all over the world have worked together on designing, creating and maintaining school gardens opened to the world with the help of Blackboard Collaborate through regular video conferences!
The general aim of the project is described in this video clip:
My students and I joined the project back in June 2010, when the European team of the project gathered together and registered it on the eTwinning portal under the name “Save the World – Save the Garden!”. We all used the TwinSpace of the project to present the activities of the European schools to the world.
This is the European team: Eric Vayssie, France; Tatjana Gulic, Slovenia; Lourdes Valencia, Spain; Maria Georgiadou, Greece; Monica Fabbri and Rossella Bragazzi, Italy; Cathy Francis, UK; Aura Roca and Daniela Bunea, Romania. The eTwinning project received the European Quality Label in October 2011 – an indication that the project had already reached a certain European standard. A good step towards the Global Junior Challenge Award 2012!
Congratulations to all students and teachers involved, we are the winners, hooray!
This year’s Global Junior Challenge received 402 project applications, and an international jury – composed of 51 innovation and social inclusion experts – selected 81 projects for the final phase. The winners were announced on October 19th 2012 at the Rome City Hall.
Screenshots – by me, taken with Greenshot.