Ms Karen Marie Hougård, Principal and international coordinator for the 21 schools in Sønderborg, Denmark
February 2012, Sønderborg, Denmark
In the middle of February a small delegation of 8 people from the organization “Education and Culture without borders” went on a study tour to Cambodia with the purpose of visiting care projects and schools. Through the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) I got in contact with a former ASEF Classroom Network Conference participant from Cambodia, Mr. Sok Tha – and he made a splendid school-program for us. Thanks to him we visited school directors in both Phnom Penh and Siam Reap. Besides that, we visited both a primary school and secondary school in both cities. The work done on those schools bears witness about hard work and dedication to educating the next generation. The schools started from scratch in 1998, where most of the schools were destroyed and 80% of the teachers were liquidated during the years of Pol Pot.
Ms Geeta Rajan, Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School
January 2012, New Delhi, India
The ASEF Classroom Network has given the online collaborations between schools from the two continents a completely new dimension. St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh (India) has been working with three Italian schools, “I.T.I.S Cannizzaro, Colleferro”, “I.I.S Galilei - Vetrone, Benevento” and “IT Deledda, Trieste”, all members of the ASEF ClassNet family.
Mrs Maria Cristina Simeoni, Teacher at Instituo Tecnico per Attivita Sociali G. Deledda
October 2012, Triest, Italy
After hosting 15 students of St. Mark’s School in December 2011 in Triest, now we have just come back from our visit to New Delhi and it was simply wonderful! A rare experience for an Italian school. Our students were hosted by Indian families and so they could really get in touch with everyday life. St Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School organised a fantastic mini-tour so that we could also visit Agra and Jaipur. Thanks to this experience we all have enlarged our cultural horizons and learnt a lot about Indian school system and society. Special thanks to Ms Geeta Rajan who made it possible, and to the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet), which gave us the possibility to get in touch and work together.
On 28 April to 3 May 2012, Nyborg Friskole from Denmark proudly hosted the “International Friendship Week 2012”, where 32 students and ten teachers from Germany, India, Italy, Japan and Singapore participated including our own two 8th grade classes. The students were accommodated at the Danish host families.
Ms Anjali Handa, Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh
March - April 2012, New Delhi, India
Being a member of ASEF ClassNet family, I got the wonderful opportunity to take a delegation of 11 student representatives of my school to Malaysia for a 10-day Student Exchange Programme. Our students had been invited by SMS Muzaffar Syah in Melaka, a member of the ASEF ClassNet, to be a part of “Fully Residential Schools International Symposium 2012”.
The students from Millennia Institute from Singapore visited Gimnazija Ptuj, Slovenia. From 22 – 30 November 2011, 13 students from Millennia Institute (Singapore) and 13 students from Gimnazija Ptuj (Slovenia) together with their mentors, Desmond Tan, Tamiselvi Dio Muthu, Irena Ivanuš, Branimir Rokavec and Darja Rokavec built the first bridge of school co-operation between Singapore and Slovenia, actually the first bridge linking Slovenia and Singapore and Asia in general. The students from Gimnazija Ptuj prepared a warm welcome with the presentations of their school, town and the country. An ice-breaking workshop was held on the topic “Unhealthy Lifestyle is a Global Problem Facing Teenagers”.
Thanks to the active involvement in ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations, 2 schools were brought together to collaborate. In November 2010, Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah (SAS) in Putrajaya, Malaysia invited 15 students and 3 teachers of Sekolah Islam Fitrah Al-Fikri (SIF AL-Fikri) to our school for a 5-day homestay program. And as a counter visit, 9 students and 3 teachers of the ASPNet UNESCO Club of SAS made a visit to Depok, Indonesia from 11 to 15 March 2011. The 5-day visit cum homestay program was made possible with the kind hospitality of SIF Al-Fikri’s teachers, host parents and students. We had a most beneficial time there as activities were planned out with care from day 1 to day 5. We were received with such warm welcome even though it was almost midnight on the 11 March 2011. Students from both schools were very excited and happy to meet each other again.
"East Speaks West, West Speaks East" has been accepted to be presented in the 4th edition of the International Conference "ICT for Language Learning" which will take place in Florence, Italy on the 20 -21 October. This conference has the aim to promote and share good practice and transnational cooperation in the field of the application of ICT to language learning and training. It is also an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current language learning projects funded by the European Commission and by other sources.
The first time we were told about ASEF and the ASEF ClassNet goes back to 2002 when a Portuguese participant of the first ever ASEF ClassNet conference held in Singapore the previous year revealed to us the great work which was being carried out by Asian and European partner schools setting the common goal of building everlasting bridges between both continents.
Each year just before we go on summer holidays, the school hosts an awards ceremony. All students, along with parents of those receiving awards and their teachers attend in the sports hall. This is quite a crowd as there are over 500 students attend the school. Traditional African drumming opens the proceedings amid an air of excitement and anticipation. Students are called by name and presented with certificates stating what the award is for.