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6 Sept 2001
Channel NewsAsia

by Teo Suan Hwi

S'pore schools work with Asian, European counterparts on IT projects

Six Singapore schools will be collaborating with other schools in Asia and Europe on joint IT projects.

This is a result of a four-day international teachers' conference organised by the Education Ministry and the Asia-Europe Foundation.

Raffles Girls' Secondary School, one of the participating schools, is involved in three projects.

They will work with their European counterparts to study the quality of water in various parts of the world and discuss the topic of nuclear energy.

"You have a website where there'll be a student domain where the kids can come in actually to put in their views and their participation. I can see that there're a lot of areas where it's pertinent to the students, pertinent to the students' curriculum," said Deborah Tan-Ow, Principal, Raffles Girls' School.

At the media briefing, organisers said a total of seven projects were formulated during the conference attended by some 65 educators from over 20 countries.

"These projects will be incorporated into the schools' curricula. Now, I think the major criteria for us to evaluate the projects after a period of 10 months or so is that they actually are successful, that we've an active student participation on both sides, in Asian schools and European schools," said Ulrich Niemann, Director, People-to-People Exchange, Asia-Europe Foundation.

Awards to the top five successful projects will be given out at a conference in Europe next year.