Mrs Noor Ezah bt Abu Bakar, Head of Language Department at SM Sains Seri Puteri
July 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As a member of ASEF ClassNet, I have lots of things to share about this commendable International Programme. I was first introduced to ASEF ClassNet programme by Ms Chin Siew Siew, my former colleague of Sekolah Alam Shah Putrajaya (Malaysia) in 2009. I feel grateful to her for giving me the opportunity to learn what ASEF ClassNet is all about. Initially, Ms Chin offered a few Online Collaborations and I chose “Chain Stories” so that my students could express themselves creatively in the English language. The Online Collaboration was coordinated by Ms Helene Tind, a very dynamic teacher from Herfoelge School (Denmark). I was glad that Online Collaboration was conferred the Merit Award for that year.
Dr Eline Westerhout, Teacher at Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe, Harderwijk
May 2014, The Netherlands
In May 2014, a group of 11 Indian students and their teacher Ms Anjali Handa from St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School visited the Netherlands. They were staying with students from the Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe in Harderwijk. During the visit, the Indian and Dutch students carried out a variety of cultural and social activities together. They visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, cooked Dutch pancakes and Indian food together, went to one of the royal palaces, and enjoyed a boat tour in Giethoorn (called 'Venice of the North').
Ms Princess Guillen M. Albano, Student at Davao City National High School
April 2014, Davao, Philippines
Working with people in different places with different languages, race and culture is unbelievable. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) made this unbelievable thing possible through supporting and initiating internationally acclaimed Online Collaborations which need collaborations of countries from Asia and Europe.
First of all, I would like to thank my fellow students, the teachers, the Online Collaboration coordinators and especially to the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) for making this fascinating Online Collaboration. I am happy because the students, and all who are included in the Online Collaboration group have worked hard to make this Online Collaboration very successful. The “iMagz – Making Myself Heard” Online Collaboration gave me the opportunity to widen, and share my ideas. This kind of Online Collaboration is a very helpful tool to students who wanted to make themselves heard.
The ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration “iMagz – Making Myself Heard” is about creating a magazine which where you can write articles and post photos on any topics in our own way. The members of the said collaboration are students. I am one of those students. As a part of this Online Collaboration, I have learned lots of things which helped me to express myself in a better way. I once did post an article in the previous local issue in Philippines, “Reproductive Health Bill” which is a law now. I was able to write there about what is my opinion about the issue. I was also able to read others articles, poems, and stories. There, I saw how creative and imaginative the youths are today. I also met new friends not just from my country, not just from Asia, but also in Europe.
Mr Adam Stepinski, Teacher of English and History at Copernicus Upper-Secondary School,
April 2014, Tarnobrzeg, Poland
Communication is the process of transmitting ideas and information. The importance of communication in the success of any project is immense. Careful communication planning and setting the right expectations is crucial. Communication needs to be goal-driven. We communicate to achieve or change something; therefore it is important to define communication objectives properly in advance. At the same time, it is not sufficient for a project to define its objectives as “to raise awareness” or “to communicate our activities and results”. Communication objectives need to be clearly defined, detailed, achievable, realistic, timed and measurable. It is important to make a difference between the project objectives and communication objectives.
Ms Geeta Rajan, Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark’s School, Meera Bagh
March/ April 2014 , New Delhi, India
In March and April, St. Mark's School, Meera Bagh (India) hosted two schools from Europe - Slovenia and Hungary respectively. The exchange programmes, under the aegis of ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) were made possible when we met the teachers from Gimnajiza Ptuj (Slovenia) and Budapest XIV Kerületi Szent István Gimnázium (Hungary) during the ASEF ClassNet conferences.
The Greek students and their teachers received a warm welcome by the Headmaster of Marco Belli School in Protogruaro and members of the teaching staff, especially the two organisers of the exchange, Dr Milly Palladin and Dr Silvia Gulino. The students had a tour around the grounds of the school, visiting classrooms, laboratories, libraries, sports-halls and other facilities.
In March 2014, we brought a delegation of 4 teachers and 24 students to Ivanka pri Dunaji (Slovakia). This exchange programme is a spin-off activity from the bilateral Online Collaboration organised between our school and Spojena skola titled “Mountainous Routes: A different Approach into Experiential Learning and Interactive Knowledge”.
The exchange programme between 9th Lyceum of Athens and St. Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School is one of the spin-off activities from the ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration “SENSES”, which focused on the 5 senses, namely: hearing, smell, sight, touch and taste. The exchange programme is divided into two phases which included visit by the 13 students and a teacher from St. Mark’s School to Greece (29 Sep to 6 Oct 2013) as well as a return visit of 10 Greek students and 3 teachers from our school (8 to 15 December 2013).