The European eTwinning Prize Competition
The main category is sponsored by the European Commission and has four levels as follows
Pupils age up to 6
Pupils age 7-11
Pupils age 12-15
Pupils age 16-19
To apply for the competition, projects must have been awarded the European Quality Label in any year of the project’s lifespan. All projects must demonstrate that they have been active in the previous school year.
If the project is a winner, only those partners who have received a National Quality Label for the project will be eligible to participate in prize related awards.
Projects can only apply once for the eTwinning Prizes: however, projects that have demonstrated a significant improvement over time can apply a second time at the discretion of the National Support Services involved.
What is an entry?
An entry is a European collaborative eTwinning project involving schools from different countries using ICT. The project must have a tangible outcome that gives evaluators a concrete idea of the project’s value, process and results. Each entry should be described as follows:
- Title of the project.
- Project information containing the correct age-category as well as links and documents to project outcomes.
- Descriptions about the various elements of your projects as defined by the criteria (max. 150 words per criteria section).
*Important*: Submitters must publish as much of their work as possible. Evaluators do not have access to restricted materials, such as private TwinSpaces. Please provide a guest access and password so evaluators can access the work done in the TwinSpace. Where applicable, the submission should also contain contextual information such as earlier awards or competitions entered or won, company funding, etc.
Legal and Ethical Issues
All entries must follow European agreements on copyright. Short quotations may be used if the source is clearly indicated. Pictures, film, audio and other multimedia may be used only if produced by the school or similar, or if the owner has explicitly permitted use, or if taken from free sources such as Clip Art.
Entries submitted to the eTwinning Prizes competition remain the property of the school/organisation or teacher. The European Commission and the eTwinning Central and National Support Services have full rights to make the material freely available for educational purposes on the Web, CD-ROM or other media from the date of submission until the deadline.
Evaluators will consider the following criteria:
- Pedagogical Innovation: How aspects of the projects can be considered more innovative and creative regarding content and objectives, the approach, activities and methodology, final products, dissemination and publication.
- Curricular Integration: How the project was integrated in the existing curriculum.
- Communication and Exchange between Partner Schools: How teachers and pupils between schools communicate and work together throughout the project (i.e., not simply sharing outcomes but actively working together).
- Use of Technology: How to get beyond emailing; how the project made use of ICT tools creatively.
- Results, Impact and Documentation: What came out of the project as well as why your project deserves to be awarded
- Collaboration between partner schools.
How to Apply
All entries are submitted by clicking the link available on eTwinning Live.
Click on the ‘projects’ tab, and you will find the link in the list of actions below the project description.
Special Category Prizes
Spanish Language PrizeSponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport
This special category will reward a project which uses Spanish as its main communication language or focuses on the learning of Spanish in an innovative way.
French Language PrizeJointly sponsored by the International Federation of Teachers of French and the eTwinning National Support Service in France
This special category will reward a project which uses French as its main communication language or focuses on the learning of French in an innovative way.
Marie Skłodowska Curie PrizePrize sponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service in Poland
This special category prize has been established to honour the life and work of Marie Skłodowska Curie, a pioneering woman scientist, winner of a Nobel prize on two occasions for both Physics and Chemistry. This prize will be awarded to the best project using any science or mathematical topic as the basis for their project work. It is also open to projects, in other disciplines, which have any aspect of the life and work of Marie Skłodowska Curie as their main topic of work.
Yunus Emre Prize for Humanism and Intercultural UnderstandingSponsored by the eTwinning National Support Service of Turkey
Yunus Emre was a simple, Turkish poet and Sufi mystic whose life spanned both the 13th and 14th centuries. He made a point of writing, singing and speaking in the true Turkish language of the day. The most important concept in Yunus Emre's philosophy is the love of humanity, and sends a clear message to mankind; to live together in peace, regardless of any religion, language or race. The prize will be awarded to projects that raise people's awareness and understanding by strengthening the international dialogue among the project participants of the partner countries.
English Language PrizeSponsored by the British Council
This prize rewards projects in which the English language is used as the main communication language for projects focused on the theme of solidarity or solving problems between communities or countries. Projects must involve pupils aged 12-15 years or 16-19 years.
Mediterranean PrizeSponsored by the National Support Services of Greece, Cyprus, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Albania and Croatia
The Mediterranean prize is for projects dealing with the Mediterranean Sea; its environment, history, culture, diet, tourism and all related topics. The Mediterranean Sea represents the central superhighway of transport, trade and cultural exchange between diverse people. The prize is open to all age categories and all countries who worked on a project related to the Mediterranean Sea.
“Peyo Yavorov” Prize - For a project that encourages a love of reading among young peopleSponsored by the National Support Service of Bulgaria
This prize will be awarded to a project that has as its main objective the fostering of a love of reading among young people. The award is named after one of the quintessential representatives of Bulgarian Literature – Peyo Yavorov. This prize is open to all age categories and all countries.
Citizenship PrizeSponsored by the National Support Services of France and Germany
This prize rewards projects that have at their theme an exploration of practices of active Citizenship, either from a historical perspective, or the examination of the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen both in the real world, but also in the digital world of the 21st Century.