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The Second Opportunity School wins the Global Junior Challenge at Rome

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The Second Opportunity School (E2O) and its delegation acquired the number one prize in the Global Junior Challenge, in the ICT category for youth labour integration, receiving the award in Rome City Council’s reception room
The delegation from Gijón, made of 6 young ambassadors alongside the coordinator and one of the teachers from the E2O, as well as the CTIC Foundation educational head, have seen their hard work recognized thanks to the promotion of technology closer to young people to help with their education and employability.

Global Junior Challenge (GJC)is an international competition rewarding the innovative use of technology for educational purposes and social integration in the 21st century. The GJC is a unique opportunity to reflect about the importance of the challenges raised by 21st century education as well as the role of technology in didactic innovation.

For the first time the Global Junior Challenge hosted five European delegations (Latvia, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain) of young people between 14 and 19 years old, the technological ambassadors from the Make, Learn, Share: Europe Project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme. Each delegation brought their project proposal regarding technologies and the work done with youths from an educational point of view to promote innovation and integration.

There were 90 finalist projects on this eighth edition of the Global Junior Challenge, divided in 7 different categories. Thus, the “ICTs to train youth to obtain initial job placement” category was won by our E2O, recognizing their work, innovative methodology and pedagogic project developed during the last 12 years.The award ceremony was carried out at the prestigious Rome Campidoglio, in the heart of Rome. During the ceremony, enlivened by the Roma Capital Musical Band, Alfonso Moline, Scientific Director from the Digital World Foundation and Jury President opened the ceremony.

The awards were presented and given by Alfonso Molina himself and Marcello de Vito, president of Rome’s Capitoline Assembly.

The winners were:

  • Technological Ambassadors Project from the Second Opportunity School from Gijón/Xixón, Spain, for the category “ICTs to train youth to obtain initial job placement”.
  • Spazi pop up: abbattiamo le barriere, IC Paesi Orobici, Sondrio, for the category “educazione fino a 10 anni”
  •  Pop-ups: cutting barriers, IC Orovic Countries, Sondrio, for the category "up to 10 years of education"
  • Hola ArtMakers, IC 2 Ortona, Chieti, for the category "up to 15 years"
  • BYOEG: at school with videogames, IIS Cattaneo Mattei de Monselice, Padua, e IC Guinizelli de Castelfranco Emilia, Modena, for the category "up to 18 years"
  • Elevator with control remote , IIS Fermi in Rome, for the category "up to 29 years"
  • 2016, Ano Internacional dos PULSES, Nosso Mundo Education centre, Rio de Jainero, Brasil, for the category "ICTs for the sustainable development of the environment”
  • Invisible Guides, Laboratory 53 & Echis - Crossbones of Sounds, Rome, for the category "ICTs for migrants and refugees integration”
We’ll upload a detailed article to describe everything that happened during the stay in Rome between October 25th and 27th in the future, but right now we’d like to thank everyone for the support received. We’ll keep working in favour of social and educative insertion of youths.

You can access all the information about the Technological Amabassadors project by clicking on the following link: