50 schools become digital skills development centers, supported by Vodafone Foundation and Junior Achievement

Aurel Dragan 04/07/2023 | 15:52

The Vodafone Romania Foundation, in partnership with Junior Achievement Romania, designated the 50 school units that will be organized as centers for the development of the digital skills of students between the ages of 6 and 12, in the 2023-2024 school year.

 

The 50 public schools in Romania, most of them from small-urban and rural localities, were selected from a total of 357 registered and are the first designated to be part of the Future School Network. Criteria related to experience in other projects aimed at developing digital skills, infrastructure and commitment to the classes participating in the activities were taken into account in the selection process. The list of the 50 selected schools is available here.

“We want to contribute to the formation of future generations. That is why, through the partnership with Junior Achievement Romania, we continue interventions in education, with an emphasis on encouraging the development of digital skills so necessary for the jobs of the future. The Future School network addresses both teachers and students and gives them a different learning experience, through play,” said Angela Galeta, director of the Vodafone Romania Foundation.

We live in a world of technology and information where we want to learn more about the use of IT means in the teaching activity in order to give our students a real chance, a start from the best possible position. Augmented reality and games are already an integral part of our daily life, and the Future School Network project represents an opportunity to take the act of teaching out of the routine and make lessons more attractive. We believe that our school’s participation in this program will be a success. WE WANT AND CAN create a “School from the future”, said the director of the Satulung Secondary School in Maramureș county.

In 2023-2024, more than 10,000 students from schools in the Future School Network will have free access to educational content available exclusively on the www.scoaladinviitor.ro platform, equipped with technological kits that allow activities based on augmented reality and video games, as well as teacher training sessions.

The educational activities available on the platform are structured in sets of 14, by age group (6-8 years, respectively 9-12 years), and facilitate the development of digital skills, information literacy, problem solving, digital content creation, communication, collaboration and cyber security.

They are structured as an experiment or as small coding sequences and can be made using the technology kit that contains MergeCube cubes for augmented reality visualization, control boards, holographic pyramids and other accessories.

The Future School Network initiative is part of the Vodafone Romania Foundation’s partnership with Junior Achievement Romania for the expansion of learning by doing learning opportunities and the promotion of a transdisciplinary educational model, resulting from joining the international experiences of the two organizations.

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