Navarra has obtained eight new awards in the 2021 call for the “eTwinning School / eTwinning Center” seal, with which there are now fourteen educational centers in the Autonomous Community that have this recognition for the development of internationalization strategies. In addition, four centers will have the Erasmus + accreditation that guarantees their European dimension.
The Kindergarten and Primary schools with the “eTwinning School / eTwinning Center” recognition are the Huertas Mayores schools in Tudela; San Babil de Ablitas and Monte San Julián de Tudela. In Secondary Education, the IES Navarro Villoslada from Pamplona / Iruña has this recognition; IESO Reyno de Navarra de Azagra; IESO Castejón; IES Julio Caro Baroja from Pamplona; Salesian College of Pamplona; Jesuit College of Pamplona; IES Iturrama of Pamplona; IES Plaza de la Cruz de Pamplona and Colegio Seminario Padres Reparadores de Puente la Reina. Likewise, there are two recognized Vocational Training centers: CIP Tafalla and CIP Cuatrovientos de Pamplona.
The eTwinning initiative, which allows students and teachers to participate in cooperative projects with other European centers, promotes collaboration through the use of information and communication technologies, currently having 38 national support services. Opting for this recognition implies having fulfilled a series of requirements, including having a team of teachers collaborating in activities, demonstrating that online security is being worked on or that at least two groups of students have participated in projects, among other aspects.
There are already about 3,500 centers throughout Europe that have obtained this recognition, of which about 250 are Spanish and 14 of them, Navarrese. All of them are leaders in the use of digital tools, online safety practices (eSafety), innovative and creative didactic approaches, promotion of the continued professional development of their staff and cooperative learning practices with their staff and students.
The process to obtain the eTwinning center seal has two phases. In the first, the enrollment in the program for more than two years, the participation of a minimum number of teachers in their projects and the existence in the center of at least one eTwinning project with a national quality seal must be verified. In the second phase, the candidate school must prove a series of requirements related to the responsible use of the Internet, active cooperation of groups of teachers, student and teacher participation in eTwinning projects and a formal demonstration of the school’s participation in the initiative. The national eTwinning support service is in charge of evaluating the applications.
Likewise, four Navarran institutions have obtained the Erasmus + recognition for the period 2021-2027 in the first call of the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE) aimed at the areas of school education, vocational training and adult education of the 2020 call and with regard to the school education and adult education sectors.
These are the Salesianos de Pamplona school, the Navarra Special Education Resource Center (CREENA), the Padre Moret-Irubide IES in Pamplona and the Official Language School of Pamplona. This recognition will provide them with stable funding for the seven years of validity of the new Erasmus + 2021-2027 program that has just been launched.
The main objective of Erasmus accreditations is to reinforce the European dimension of teaching and learning, improve its quality, promote common European values, promote knowledge of the continent’s heritage and its diversity and contribute to the creation of the European area of education.