Ms Foteini Veneti & Ms Sofia Kitsou, Teachers at 4th Primary School Ymittou & Zaneio Experimental Junior High School
April 2016, Athens, Greece
The 4th Primary School Ymittou and Zaneio Experimental Junior High School organised an exchange programme with two guest schools from Asia Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh (India) and the Zhukovsky English School No. 3 (Russian Federation) from 10 to 17 April 2016 in Greece. All 4 schools are part of the ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration “Cultural Loom”. We had the opportunity to meet face-to-face in Athens to discuss and subsequently implement the “Cultural Looms” Online Collaboration. During the visit, the Indian delegation was hosted by Greek families while the delegation from the Russian Federation stayed in a hotel in the downtown area.
Boon Lay Secondary School (Singapore) hosted Rishikul Vidyapeeth School (India) and St Marks Girls Secondary School (India) from 17 to 23 March and 25 March to 2 April respectively. The visits had the objectives of promoting global citizenry through the development of socio-cultural sensitivity and awareness as well as enhancing students’ communication and collaboration skills. To this end, the exchange students and teachers were hosted to a home-stay by their Singaporean hosts for the entire duration of their stay.
Ms Geeta Rajan, Head of International Affairs at St. Mark's Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, India
March 2016, Meera Bagh, India
The academic year 2015-2016 has almost come to an end and it is time for a recap of our activities on the international front. Thanks to the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), our international department has worked long, long hours making connections, networking and collaborating with staff and students of schools from the two continents to do some incredible Online Collaborations together.
Ms Riya Nagpal & Ms Shivangi Stuti, Students in charge of ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations at St. Mark's Senior Secondary Public School
March 2016, Meera Bagh, India
We are Riya NAGPAL and Shivangi STUTI, students of Grade 11 of St. Mark's Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh. Right when we were looking to broaden our horizon by learning new skills, we got a chance to be a part of the ASEF group in our school. Although we had been working for some collaborative projects, we were not very much involved in the ASEF Club. Much to our surprise, we were asked to manage all 25 Online Collaborations under it. We were nervous but we took the job assigned to us with zeal. We recruited 7-8 members per group and assigned leaders for each one who were to supervise the activities of their group members. This enhanced our leadership and management skills in all aspects. With regular updates from leaders of groups, we used to plan certain tasks to be completed in a specified time period.
Being a part of the 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference at Sofia, Bulgaria was one of the best experiences that I will cherish throughout my life. I have participated in the ASEF Classroom Network Online Collaborations for the last two years and will continue to be a part of it in 2016. Through this platform, I was able to connect to people from the Asian and European countries, know about their cultures, history and traditions. Going to Sofia for the conference was my first time travelling out of India. I was quite nervous yet excited. In Sofia, I had a wonderful time fostering friendships with the students and teachers; knowing Bulgaria, its kind-hearted people, culture and history and learning more about global collaborations.
Ms Anjali Handa, Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School,
January 2016, Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India
St. Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh organised ‘Learning beyond Boundaries’ in New Delhi from 11-20 December 2015 to connect and collaborate with students from Asia and Europe. The school initiated a cultural immersion programme where in 10 students from Boon Lay Secondary School (Singapore) along with their teachers Ms May Yong and Mr Umar Hamid, and Principal Mr Tan Chor Pang attended the programme from Asia. From Europe, 15 students from the Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe (The Netherlands) took part with their two teachers, Ms Sarah Koopmans and Dr Eline Westerhout.
Ms Nelly Kirkova-Kostov, Head Teacher of 32 Secondary Language School “St. Kliment Ohridski”
November 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria
Together with her school team, Ms KIRKOVA-KOSTOV will host the 12th ASEF Classroom Network Conference “Coding 4 Education” on 16-20 November 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. ASEF interviewed her to know her views on this Online Collaboration. Why did you join the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet)?
Intercultural Homestay Programme between St. Mark’s Girls Secondary School, India and Lappeenrannan Lyseon Lukio, FinlandMs Anjali Handa, Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh
September 2015, New Delhi, India
ogether with 10 students from St. Mark’s Girls Secondary School, New Delhi, India, we visited Lappeenrannan Lyseon Lukio from 16-22 August 2015 in Lappeenranta, Finland. The main purpose of this homestay programme was to promote intercultural communication as well as global understanding among the students, and to create awareness for the similarities and differences between Asian and European culture.
Mrs Foteini Veneti, English Teacher, UOA Teacher Trainer & Mentor & Materials Designer (RcEL) from 4th Primary School Ymittou
September 2015, Greece
A successful two-day conference was organised on Creta Island, Greece, by Mrs Stella Platskou, School Advisor of the Chania Educational Prefecture on 9 and 10 September 2015. The event took place under the title: “European and Euro-Asian School collaborations”. During this event, I was given the opportunity to present the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) and its activities to hundreds of my colleagues coming from 4 counties of the island.
Ms Anjali Handa, Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh
June 2015, New Delhi, India
St. Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School participated in the Butterfly Symposium held in Villach, Austria from 13-20 June 2015. It was organised by Mr Edmund Huditz* , a teacher of the host school, Peraugymnasium Villach. Four students accompanied by a Biology teacher were invited to attend the symposium. It was a great learning experience as our students started to take initiatives in developing the Butterfly Garden in the school as well as conducting intensive search on butterflies and their host plants, in preparation for the symposium. During the symposium, the participants not only learnt a great deal about the local butterflies of Villach but also about Austrian culture and lifestyle. Our students have had the opportunity to showcase their talents at an international platform and met many teachers and students from the other countries. The symposium represented a rainbow of cultures.