Aces – And the OSCAR goes to…

photo by Katarina Jesna-Smikova

From 1 to 4 April almost 300 students and teachers, representatives of Ministries of Education as well as trainers and educational experts from all participating countries came together at the aces Academy in Senec. More than 500 schools participated in this year’s aces project contest on the topic “Diversity”. 44 projects were selected and received a grant for their implementation. At the aces Academy the schools presented the outcomes of their work and an international jury of experts awarded the most outstanding projects in five categories.

Winner in the category International Cooperation is the projects “The More The Merrier” of the NOVA International Schools from Skopje, Macedonia and Colegiul National Gheorghe Sincai, Bucharest, Romania. It is an excellent example of students working together on a variety of activities and creating a joint performance that was the result of their increased awareness and knowledge around the topic of diversity.

Winner in the category Innovative Learning is the project “The Power of Difference” of the Mejdunarodna Gimnazija Prof. Dr. Vassil Zlatarski from Sofia, Bulgaria and Privatno Sredno Uciliste Peta Privatna Gimnazija from Skopje, Macedonia. Using a wide range of creative activities and trying out new approaches enabled the students to recognise what is important for a society to embrace diversity.

Winner in the category Civil Courage is the project “Improving the Positon of Women in our Society” of the Srednja ekonomsko-trgovinska škola from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Srednja elektrotehnička škola Vaso Aligrudić from Podgorica, Montenegro. The students conducted high level research on this challenging issue, and showed great courage to speak out and engage different organisations in both countries with the results of their work.

Winner in the category Student Participation is the project “Different? Wonderful!” of Mileniumi i Trete from Pristina, Kosovo, Gimnazija Bežigrad from Ljubljana, Slovenia and Gymnazium Lipany from Lipany, Slovak Republic. The students showed a high level of flexibility and changed the focus of their work towards a more active approach in order to reach a wider audience and a greater level of impact.

Winner in the category Diversity (topic of the year) is the project “ Laugh with me, not at me” of the Osnovna Šola Vransko-Tabor from Vransko, Slovenia and Scoala Gimnaziala Sfantul Apostol Andrei from Buzau, Romania. Through a range of activities with marginalised and vulnerable members of society, students raised awareness of discrimation and exclusion, and actively worked on these issues to support social inlcusion.

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Photo by: Katarina Jesna-Smikova