Five years ago, eTwinning Plus was launched as a pilot to provide a platform for schools from six countries from Europe’s immediate neighbourhood, to link with schools participating in eTwinning. Teachers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, part of the Eastern Partnership and Tunisia, part of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership have been actively involved in the eTwinning community. eTwinning Plus now counts more than 1200 participating schools and 2400 registered teachers, of whom almost 1400 collaborate in active projects.
From its launch in 2013, a noticeable enthusiasm was observed on the side of teachers from countries involved in eTwinning. A growing number of them have been marking their interest to create partnerships with teachers from eTwinning Plus, and they are now 80,000 available for eTwinning Plus partnerships across 37 countries!
After a pilot phase of 2 years, the eTwinning Plus programme became in 2015 full part of the eTwinning community, and teachers from the six countries were given new opportunities to go further in their journey. They are now eligible for all professional development opportunities, the Quality Labels and the European eTwinning Prizes.
In 2015, teachers from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine were awarded at the European Prizes ceremony that took place in Brussels for their project “My Alien Friend” as the winner of the 4-11 years old category prize.
Watch this interview of Artem, a pupil from Ukraine who took part in the project:
More recently, Matanat Ahadova, a teacher from Azerbaijan, was amongst the winners of the Marie Skłodowska Curie Prize with the project “Young Scientists”, and Maia Seliatina, a Ukrainian teacher, who participated in the “Is this Castle haunted” project was awarded as winner in the 12-15 years old age category at the eTwinning conference organised in Athens in October 2016.
If you are from one of the countries in the European neighbourhood (listed above) and you would like your school to become part of eTwinning Plus, then you should contact the Partner Support Agency (PSA) in your country to let them know that you are interested. The Partner Support Agencies are responsible for registering the schools in those countries.
As an eTwinning teacher, if you are available for an eTwinning Plus partnership, don’t forget to indicate in eTwinning Live that you are available for an eTwinning Plus project (in your profile, under “My interests”).
Note in your agenda that a Featured Online Event will take place on 16 May 2017 at 5pm CET, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of eTwinning Plus and learn about best collaboration practices with the six EU neighbouring countries, to look at its great achievements and progress, and to get prepared for the future and coming opportunities provided by the programme. You will learn more about great projects involving teachers from the eTwinning Plus countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Tunisia), and active teachers from these countries will tell their stories and share their experience and inspiring projects.
Inclusion being the theme of 2017 of eTwinning, with the goal of promoting social inclusion and attitudes of non-discrimination towards cultures, gender, race, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, age or any other categorisation as such, we encourage you to make yourself available for eTwinning Plus projects and collaborate with teachers from the neighbouring countries.
Stay tuned and happy birthday eTwinning Plus!