On May 15, 2023, the international seminar on "Innovation and Education" within the framework of the eTwinning project started its work in Baku.
25 educators representing Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia and representatives of the ministries of education of the respective countries, as well as a total of 28 teachers from 8 regions across the country, are participating in the seminar.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Hasan Hasanli mentioned about the integration of the "eTwinning" project into the education system and its successful implementation in our country, and emphasized the importance of the project in terms of establishing a project-based teaching model and conducting an exchange of experience. At the same time, the Deputy Minister stated that within the framework of the project, teachers have the opportunity to benefit from the effective application of ICT in education and online professional development opportunities.
Later, the project leaders of the represented countries spoke about the implementation of the project and the opportunities for professional development created for the teaching staff.
In the following days of the seminar, various trainings/workshops and panel discussions will be organized on the application of ICT to education, project-based teaching and the development of teachers' 21st century skills. The trainings will be held by both foreign and local experts and will create conditions for the exchange of experience. At the end of the event, the participating teachers will create common lesson models on the eTwinning platform that lead to the use of innovative learning methods in teaching.
It should be noted that "eTwinning" is a part of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union and enables educators in pre-school, secondary and higher education to participate in professional development trainings, to collaborate internationally, to create and implement joint teaching models, and to be part of the largest learning community in Europe.
Azerbaijan has joined the project since 2013 based on the neighborhood policy. The Bureau on ICT for Education under the Ministry of Science and Education has been implementing the "eTwinning" project since 2016 and is acting as a partner support agency.
The main goal of the project is to ensure learning based on the joint work of students and teachers, the effective and safe use of digital technology in the teaching process, the continuous professional development of teachers, and to create conditions for implementing various projects in the direction of the development of education together with colleagues from European countries. At present, 4445 projects have been implemented in the "eTwinning" project with the participation of 4180 teachers from 1141 schools in Azerbaijan.