Ms Sinikka Laakio-Whybrow and Ms Merja Laine, Language Teachers and Online Collaboration Co-ordinators at Kaarina Senior High School
July 2010, Finland
Two partner schools of the ASEF ClassNet Award winning project WHAZZUP? had the unique chance for a face-to-face meeting in May 2010, when 15 students with their energetic teacher, Ms Geeta Rajan, from St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh in New Delhi India visited Kaarina Senior High School in Finland.
Ms Svetlana Dychenko, Head of ICT and Teacher of Computer Science at Lasnamae Gymnasium
July 2010, Tallinn, Estonia
Lasnamae Gymnasium and St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh have been partners for 2 years, working together on the Online Collaboration "Where Music Lives”. The arrival of our Indian guests was a huge event for our school. It was the first time for us to receive guests from Asia. Our students waited impatiently to meet the representatives of another culture.
In July 2010, 9 students and 2 accompanying teachers of Al-Azhar Islamic Senior High School 3 (known as SMA Islam Al-AZHAR 3), Jakarta visited St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, New Delhi to start a face-to-face program between the two schools. The establishment of the partnership was initiated by two teachers from the two schools, Ms Wati Wardani and Ms Geeta Rajan who met each other during 8th ASEF Classroom Network Conference in Sønderborg, Denmark in October 2009 organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).
The inaugural MI.WORLD International Conference 2010, organised by the Millennia Institute [http://www.millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg/], gathered 58 students and 16 educators from 13 overseas partner schools to join with over 80 Millennian students for an educational and cultural exchange. Of these schools, many are active ASEF ClassNet schools.
My name is Zsabrina. I am from SMAN 1 Subang, Indonesia and I participated in the ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration “Where Music Lives”. I was very pleased when Mrs Svetlana allowed me to join this Online Collaboration. I think this Online Collaboration was very good – I really liked it. I was glad to work together with different internationals from Asia and Europe. I made a lot of friends during the Online Collaboration, and together we shared things about our cultures and our different interests.
“The ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) (formerly known as the ASEF Classroom) is one of programmes developed by the ASEF Foundation.” Wherein this foundation has its major achievement and that is “the establishment of permanent bi-regional networks focused on areas and issues that help to strengthen ASEF relations.” -asef.org
Ms Saman Khan, Student at St. Marks' Girls Senior Secondary Public School
June 2010, New Delhi, India
Working with students and teachers from other schools was a wonderful experience. Working with them has taught me how to cooperate with students who are from different countries with different cultures and languages. These Online Collaborations made me learn to love our mother earth and save it for our future and future generations to come. I have realised that even a single small step towards saving our earth and our natural resources is an important step and it does count.
The ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) is for teachers and pupils throughout the two continents to meet on-line and share work on curricular based Online Collaborations. You can find out more on the ASEF ClassNet website where it is possible to propose a new Online Collaboration, join an existing Online Collaboration or sign up to the mailing list and be kept up to date.