English News

Back to school?

Since 22 April 2020 the first students in Saxony are back at school. This mainly concerns the graduating classes preparing for their final exams. However, as Germany has a federal system there are differences in when and how pupils return to schools.

In most federal states there will be no regular classes, only subjects relevant to the exams. Hygiene plans include divided classes, staggered breaks, delayed lessons, greater distances between desks and stricter cleaning requirements.

At the ENNE partner Susanna Eger School for example there are max. 14 students in one classroom, specific route plans through the school building were marked to avoid crowds and updated lesson plans were published because now more rooms and teachers are needed for each class.

Final exams should be carried out as planned. At the present time, this is certainly an even greater challenge. Therefore we wish good luck to all teachers and students, especially those doing their final exams these days.

English News

Virtually present and connected

For the moment, distance learning is rule in Portugal. It is the most viable option, but not all students have the necessary conditions. In order to overcome the problem, schools have created several measures.
Let’s see the case of Vocational School Bento Jesus Caraça, Guimarães. The school provided fully operational technological equipment to students who do not have personal computer so that all of their students can attend virtual classes and carry out works/projects from home.
English News

We still remain open for you

Changes, even from distance it’s possible
Exchange, sharing, and interaction is the base for all the VET fields. The professional areas are allowing, for as many fields as possible, a wide proposition of continuous learning where young students want to learn can find personal fulfillment at an early age.

More than 3 billion people worldwide are confined dur to the COVID-19 pandemic. Factories and stores are closed all over the world, the streets are empty, and airports are closed. A dramatic situation which leads in fact to a drastic drop in human activities.

However, many sectors remain active, through telework or reduced teamwork, certain professional sectors suffer more than others from lack of manpower, over-staffing, endless days and for some, dangerous working conditions. For some it is completely impossible to practice. Despite this, many are preparing for post-confinement in order to be able to return to a life as we have always known.

The professional sector has been developing since the beginning of the quarantine, several methods such as home deliveries to be able to continue to exercise and not to shut down.

This Is why we invite you to be part of our European ENNE project, in order to create a network where professionals could meet and collaborate together in order to make their sector more attractive for the young people who are being formed.

English News

European Statistics Olympiad: a contest that changes outlooks

We present to you team CAYENNE_Z from the National High School in Finance and Business, Sofia! They won first place at the national round of the European Statistics Olympiad in 2020 in category A (10-12-grade pupils) among 185 teams from the country. The team members are: Borislav Harizanov, Martin Zahariev and Milosh Ristich, 10th-grade pupils, with mentor Elena Ingilizova, teacher of Economics. The same team also won second place last year, then in category B (8-9-grade pupils). Well, it seems this is not a matter of luck, but of continuous development and upgrade of knowledge and skills. This is exactly the purpose of this challenging and so different Olympiad! 

Usually at such contests young people have a few hours to demonstrate the knowledge they have already obtained, while the statistics contest last about 4 months, over which new competences are continuously accumulated. The Olympiad traditionally begins in January, and preliminary registration is necessary. It is for teams of one to three pupils and one teacher-mentor. 

The event is organized by Eurostat with support by the national statistics offices of the participating countries. The idea is to increase the statistics culture of teachers and pupils. It has been held in Bulgaria for three years now, and the number of participants is constantly growing. In 2020 they were 1090, twice more compared to 2018. At the NHSFE there has also been much greater interest this year. 

The Olympiad is carried out in two roundsnational and European. The national round is split into three stages. In the first of them, within two weeks, pupils had to do three tests with 10 questions each, on an online platform. The first one included questions on the theory of mathematics and statistics, the second one – on NSI data and surveys, and in the third test, the questions were related to a specific Eurostat publication. The tests of each team were different, and wrong answers resulted in deduction of points, so no one tried to guess. The result of tests contributes 25% in the final ranking. The NHSFB teams did very well and all went on to the second stage, where within 4 weeks they had to prepare presentations of up to 8 slides, representing an analysis of a database provided by NSI specifically for this purpose.  The pupils had to determine the survey purpose, to select suitable data and indicators and to formulate conclusions. A key criterion was presenting information in a convincing and accessible manner, with appropriate visualization means – graphs, tables, diagrams, etc. The presentations were evaluated by a jury and contributed 75% in the final ranking. CAYENNE_Z impressed the jury, because their presentation is the only one since 2018 which was awarded the maximum 100 points. 

The first 5 teams from each category went on to the final stage, where each team had to prepare two presentations. In one of them, pupils presented themselves, their team and their motivation for participation. The other was a preliminary project for filming a video on a topic set by Eurostat. This year it was “Young People’s Problems”. The presentations undergo online voting, defence in front of an audience, and evaluation by a jury. This is the stage we are presently at. The two winning teams – one in each category – will represent Bulgaria at the European round, where they fill film a video supported by official statistical data, with maximum duration 2 minutes. In it, the pupils should consider the situation in their country and compare it against the other EU states. We all hope that CAYENNE_Z, NHSFE’s team, will succeed! 

All teams have made a lot of effort, time and a lot of willingness are necessary to take part in such a contest. But why are pupils so motivated? The main reason is that it is a real challenge for them to analyse actual data and compete in the field of creativity and interpretation abilities. Their opinion is important, but so is the ability to present and defend it in an accurate and clear manner. Like the pupils themselves say, they also get to know many “magic tricks” working with Powerpoint, Excel and other software. They obtain skills to work with the NSI and Eurostat databases which are useful in all areas. And the award fund for the winners is very attractive!      

The contest also supports the development of teachers. Most of all because they get to know lots of additional information and the existing instruments for presentation thereof, which prompts them to apply innovative teaching method. Did you know, for instance, that there are statistics online games?  In them pupils (and the entire family) can save the world or develop the city they manage, by taking decisions based on official statistical data.  

And in conclusion: how is it possible to change outlooks on the world through an Olympiad? To begin with, its format helps the young people to learn a lot about themselves – about their strengths and weaknesses, as well as about working interactions with others – what makes them successful and what fails them. Work on a long-term project with several stages, each with deadlines and requiring different competences, certainly contributes to future work habits. The contest fully applies the Olympic principle that it is participation that matters, not ranking. Everyone wins, because them manage to develop critical thinking and information handling skills – search, analysis, and presentation – which are essential in our time. Those who have participated are much better aware what it means to have a position and support it with facts. The Olympiad creates young people who would hardly be convinced by “fake news”. The teams see the actual data but also understand the way they could be distorted in presentation, as well as the flaws of the methodology itself. The young people become citizens with better awareness, who follow and monitor public events and processes. Thus, through the perspective of statistics, which for many people is inconvenient, narrow and distorted, the teachers and pupils participating in the European Olympiad obtain a new, different, and clear view of life! 

For more information, you can visit the Olympiad’s website:

Italian news

Online Education: New challenges in crisis situation

Online Education, the experience of Upper Secondary Technical Vocational Institute ” F. Scarpellini” situated in Foligno (Italy).
The need of making use of distance learning, as a consequence of the school closure due to the current health emergency for the Coronavirus, caught us unprepared, disorientated, frightened, without any detailed and univocal
 set of instructions from the Ministry of Public Education. In such situation, the responsibility often lies with the School Manager.

According to MIUR estimates, 82% of the Italian Schools have experienced online learning for the very first time. 

We all started working hard and everyone, even the less experienced, took up the challenge and took action to continue to provide students with the educational activities, being aware that online learning does not have the same strong educational value of the face-to-face activities.   

By online learning we mean a set of training activities that is delivered via the internet to students using their home computers or other device (e.g. tablets, smartphones, audiovisual equipment).

Online learning (also known as FAD) is characterized by:

  • interactivity, i.e. the need to involve the learner, generally through learning by doing approach;
  • dynamism, i.e. the learner’s need to acquire new specific skills;
  • modularity, i.e. the possibility of organizing the contents of a course according to the training objectives and learner’s needs.

Having said that, it is clear that FAD involves abandoning traditional lesson, leaving the curriculum aside, creating new training contents and evaluating students’ performances using new and different types of criteria. We now focus on Learning Units and not by lesson hours. It is necessary to avoid long written essays and replace them with videos or diagrams, maps. We should plan the activities independently from the teaching hours required for the national curriculum. 

In short, a revolution that involves a difficult and fast remodulation. But no one has backed out, all of us, teachers and students, School Manager and all the School Staff is committed to face the emergency and keep working and changing. 

The preparation of our future generations has always been one of the most important challenges of our country and certainly, this experience is going to change education forever, integrating digital content and multimedia approach with traditional methods.

English News

ENNE Project, COVID-19: what are we living right now?

ENNE Project goes on during this moment where most of us are concerned due to Covid-19. Although everything is changing, this situation can offer new opportunities to improve our collaboration, knowledge and connections. 

The ENNE Project had to modify something to comply with current regulations that require to stay at home and go out only if strictly necessary. It’s clear that each country in Europe has implemented different measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, based on the situation they are living right now.
As you know, some countries, more than others, are experiencing tragic moments and, under the current conditions, no one knows when the situation will improve.

All we can do is to benefit from all the free digital tools offered by many platforms or from the applications that are available and useful for us. 

Institutes have organized themselves during these weeks to continue the school year. Students, directly from home, get connected to stay in touch with their teachers, using the online platforms dedicated to school education and training

Each of us is doing a great effort, some of us work in smart mode, while for other companies it was not possible and therefore they are actually closed

Everyone is discovering a new way of organizing their day, but together we can overcome this dramatic moment.

Stay at home and learn online!

Bulgarian news

How is the coronavirus affecting the Bulgarian schools?

Like elsewhere in the world the situation in Bulgaria is dynamic due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Bulgaria is one of the countries that introduced a strategic set of measures for limiting the coronavirus spread as soon as the first cases occurred in early March. The state emergency committee actively seeks and analyses good practices that worked around the world, transfers and adapts them for the national context. Every few days new or stricter measures are introduced.

All schools and kindergartens in the country are closed since 13th March in hopes of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus disease. Each school had the liberty to organize their distance learning process individually considering the available resources. Most schools have already used the support of different electronic platforms for synchronous and asynchronous learning most popular among which are: Shkolo – 1271 schools use the platform; – has more than 16 000 video lessons; Оffiсе 365 from Microsoft and G Suite from Google.

The Ministry of Education has created more than 865 000 profiles of all students and teachers in Miсrоsft Tеаms in order to facilitate the online learning process. The Ministry has also created a National electronic library for teachers available at:

The Library is organized as a repository of resources for e-learning such as author’s educational, didactic and methodological materials for working in electronic environment – video tutorials, training programs, innovative methodologies, tests, short films, exercises, entertaining pedagogy, presentations and especially projects related to self-study in the electronic environment. All shared materials should correspond to the national educational standards and curricula.

Two of the biggest publishing houses in the country announced that they would guarantee free access the electronic version of all textbooks they published for the grades 1-10. Electronic diaries, e-mails, social media are also used in order to provide students with instructions how to better prepare their self-learning activities and homework exercises. The school directors have the task to analyze the adapted for electronic education school programme and make sure that the workload for students from 1-7th grade is up to 6 hours per day and for 8-12 grades up to 7 hours per day (part of these hours are not spent in the electronic environment). Additional learning resources should be foreseen outside the planned lessons time.

The distance learning in Bulgaria will continue at least by 13 April 2020. For the moment, although students perform tests they do not receive formal grades. Teachers are collecting data on the level of involvement and active participation of students, which may be used later in the formation of the final grades for the school year.

The role of the parents in the current situation is crucial. They should constantly keep in touch with the teachers; follow their instructions to the students and oversee their proper fulfilment. Parents should provide all essential conditions for productive e-learning environment: ensure a quiet place, equip the students with necessary technical devices such as tablet/laptop, headphones, microphone, good internet connection, etc. and should supervise their usage.