The Italian school system is confirmed at the top for teaching quality thanks to the European collaboration carried out with the eTwinning projects, confirming how the spirit of the community is strong and vital, despite the technical inconveniences due to the launch of the new European School Education Platform ( ESEP), which has been the new eTwinning “home” since last year.
The European Quality Labels 2022 have recently been released. Within the eTwinning recognition system, this is the second level of certification attributable to a project, based on the European Quality Criteria, following the national Quality Label.
In the 2021-2022 school year, at European level there were 23,844 teachers who won the European Quality Labels (21,276 in the previous period), of which 932 were teachers in Italian schools (last year there were 819).
The European eTwinning Prizes
After the nomination for the European Quality Labels, the candidacy for the European eTwinning Prizes generally follows automatically, but unfortunately the transition to the new ESEP platform and the related updating problems did not allow us to proceed with the expected application procedure.
However, in order to continue the traditional awarding of prizes to teachers, the European Commission has decided to award the 2023 eTwinning European Prize “Innovation and Education” through a selection of particularly innovative projects among those which, in the last three years (2020/2021/ 2022), won the European eTwinning Prize in the age categories 0-6, 7-11, 12-15, 16-19 and in the special category Initial Vocational Education and Training (IVET).
Among the various awarded projects, in the 12-15 years category, the winner was the Myth’arts project: myths in art and littérature by teacher Maria Lorenza Campanella of the state secondary school specialized in sciences “G. Berto” of Vibo Valentia. The Award acknowledges the way in which it brought children closer to the beauty of classical mythology, through activities that have stimulated the students’ creativity, their motivation and autonomy thanks to the aware use of digital tools. The teacher will be awarded during a ceremony event, organized by the eTwinning Central Unit in Bratislava at the end of September.