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Awards and prizes


EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.


The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.


National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.



Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.


e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.


Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

The pupils in Teiu, on the eTwining 2010 Podium

The result of opening up the poor communities towards the up-to-date systems of communications and the information technology, by means of the “Knowledge based Economy” Project, have exceeded people’s expectations. These results have become visible internationally in the case of the Teiu commune in the Argeş County. Thus, in just two years of working with the computer, the youngest members of the community achieved performances that were repaid as part of the eTwinning 2010 conference, organised in the Spanish town of Seville.

The eTwinning „Schoolvision” project, carried out in 2009 by the pupils of the 3rd grade from the Primary and Lower Secondary School „Vladimir Streinu” in Teiu, Arges, reached the grand final and was granted an award as part of the eTwinning 2010 conference, held during the first decade of February in Seville, Spain.

The children in Teiu entered for the section „Creative Use of the Digital Media Means”. The section for which the school pupils competed was modelled after the Eurovision competition and consisted in the rendition of a song by the pupils of each school that participated. The pupils in Teiu participated in this competition with Mihai Constantinescu’s song “A wonderful world”, which the children learnt and recorded.

In the eTwining competition, participants from 30 states entered, and most of them were members of the European Union, and the project was initiated in the UK. As many as 19 schools in the EU, including the school in Teiu – as a matter of fact the only Romanian educational institution entered for this category of the international competition –, competed for the digital technique section, and the teacher and the children from Argeş came in fourth. Their prize, sponsored by eSkills week, shall consist in school equipment.

During this competition, the pupils had the opportunity to feel like tiny stars, to communicate in foreign languages, to successfully use the notions acquired during the performance of the KEP projects. Last but not least, they proved they could creatively use the digital media means, which is why their project was given an award.

“By recording and viewing what they had done, as compared to other people, the Romanian pupils and teachers involved in the project had an excellent opportunity of appreciating the diversity of cultures, as well as a chance of connecting with other traditions across Europe. The participation in this competition has been a true leap for our community, which is focused on knowledge and constant progress. Nothing in life is random. I believe this project has not been created randomly, either, but it has been created so that it might give everyone – pupils, teachers, members of the local community – the chance to acknowledge our role in building a European society, worthy of its citizens”, according to teacher Corina Ciobanu, the coordinator of the eTwining project in Teiu.

For children, this experience has been a fascinating one, Corina Ciobanu added. “I was glad when, out of the 350 projects entered in the final competition, Schoolvision was among the ten winners. I was very glad for the pupils involved in the project given the fact that they are very little (8-9 years) and that their work was appreciated. The impact of this project has been positive in every respect: not only did the pupils feel good, but they also learnt new things that came in handy for their general education and future training for each activity carried out. They learnt to be aware of the fact that a computer could become a real friend if you knew how, when and how much to use it”, as concluded by the coordinating teacher.

The teachers in all the 30 participating countries had the chance to better themselves, in eTwining, as part of TIC workshops. These reunited participants from various European countries, both in view of professional networking and for sharing experiences. Annually, the European states organise workshops that facilitate networking and finding new partners.

The involvement in the Schoolvision 2009 project of the teams from the 30 countries, including Romania, was greeted by the project coordinator – and its founder, too – Michael Purves in Scotland. “I have felt proud to have had the chance to meet the partners who have worked with me in the past year and who have turned this project into a real success. This is the time when we will be focusing on Schoolvision 2010, as we want to organise it in May again, when the new winners are notified. Many thanks to the 30 partners who have contributed to the achievement of this wonderful experience “, as declared by Michael Purves.

In Teiu – Argeş, the preparation for Schoolvision 2010 is about to be initiated. “We have work underway for the new Schoolvision 2010 project”, teacher Corina Ciobanu stated.

Online resources:

“Mind Mosaic” captures minds of Teiu pupils

 “E-Holiday” with Cake Aroma in Teiu

e-Stories: Life Is Still Hopeful: The Children in Romania’s Underdeveloped Communities

Campaign in Teiu-Arges : Your Child is Asking you to Give up Smoking!

Teiu Students, the best Volunteers

Teiu – Deserted Nest of Vladimir Streinu

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