On May 11, 2022, as part of the eTwinning Plus project, an awarding ceremony was held for teachers who won the European Prize and students who won the My Big Idea competition.
The awarding ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Education Firudin Gurbanov, members of the ministry's management, winning teachers, students and school principals.
Deputy Minister Firudin Gurbanov spoke about the importance of the project, noting that the education of the next generation depends on today's teachers, it is very important to create such conditions for teachers and students in the education system. He also stressed that this project provides an opportunity for each educator to use international experience, to teach their students in different environments using modern methods.
In her speech, Fidan Najafova, Head of the Department at the Bureau on İCT for Education and eTwinning Project Coordinator, shared her views on the integration of the project into the education system and its successful implementation in our country. She also noted that teachers joining the project have the opportunity to build a project-based lesson model, develop student-oriented education, and take advantage of online professional development opportunities. Emphasizing the importance of such important issues as the formation of critical thinking in the digital environment, computer science and coding, ensuring student safety in the online environment, Fidan Najafova said that various competitions were held for teachers and students during the year. The purpose of the competitions is to explore the use of modern technologies by teachers and students. Fidan Najafova also said that the main goal of the project is to deepen students' ICT skills, to achieve their free and purposeful activity in the information space, to create conditions for their formation as competitive, logical and non-standard thinking. Thus, the project allows students to learn new technologies and digital skills in practice.
It should be noted that 3 teachers from Azerbaijan won the European Award competition for 2021 held by the European Center eTwinning within the eTwinning project. The Champion of the World and Future Journalists were selected from nearly 118,000 projects. This year, 11 students were selected as winners in the "My Big Idea" student competition. It should be noted that the winners were selected from about 300 students from 114 schools in 14 regions.
The winning teachers and students were awarded certificates and special prizes.
We would like to remind you that our country has been participating in the eTwinning project since 2013. The project is part of the European Union's Continuing Education Program. The main goal of the project is to increase communication between pedagogical staff from about 40 European countries participating in the program, to create opportunities for cooperation, as well as to create conditions for the implementation of various projects for the development of joint education. The project has so far implemented 4,453 educational projects with the participation of 4,108 teachers from 1,137 schools in our country, achieved many high international achievements and competed at the same level with European countries.