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7 Sept 2001
Berita Harian

Students' project of 2 continents through IT

Students of six schools have the opportunity to exchange information with fellow students of Asia and Europe using the information technology (IT).

It is an effort to encourage cooperation and at the same time enhancing the interaction of the students from the two continents through IT.

The six schools are Raffles Girls' Secondary School, St Joseph's Institution, Pioneer Secondary School, Greenview Secondary School, Temasek Primary School, National Islamic Primary School.

The initiative was achieved in the Asian-European Classroom (AEC) International Conference for teachers held for four days starting from last Sunday.

The Conference, held for the first time, involving 63 educators of 20 countries, was proposed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Asian-European Foundation (Asef).

According to a director of Asef, Mr Ulrich Niemann, seven projects will be launched, among others are cultural, nuclear power and agricultural projects.

The projects last 10 months and the best 5 ones of them will be awarded by Asef.

Besides Singapore, other countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Holland, Sweden, Korea, Finland, Ireland, Greece and Denmark, are also involved.

An educator of Ireland, Mr Deirdre Butler, said that the program gives students an opportunity to know each other's culture.

"For instance, local students who are involved in cultural events can make records of the Chinese New Year's celebrations and send them through internet to students in Ireland.

"Besides video records, they can also make records of songs sung [in the celebration] etc. We hope to collect all-around-the-year cultural celebrations," he said.