SHELTON, Conn., November 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate Global Education Week, BIC is honoring 10 outstanding educators around the world with the BIC Cristal Pen Awards. BIC launched the awards program in 2020 to recognize educators who embody BIC values by bringing joy to the hearts of children every day, inspiring and preparing the next generation to thrive.
BIC is proud to support educational programs and is committed to improving learning conditions for 250 million children worldwide by 2025 as part of the company’s strategy. Write the future, together program. In 2020, BIC has already helped 118 million children cumulatively as part of its goal.
“Education is one of my passions and is part of BIC’s DNA. The Cristal Pen Awards are a great opportunity for our team members to celebrate educators in their communities around the world,” says Gonzalve Bich, CEO of BIC. From Sri Lanka to ArgentinaThis year’s winners exemplify our BIC values and I would like to personally thank them and all of the nominees for sharing our vision of shaping the future, together by supporting education around the world.”
After BIC team members submitted hundreds of entries, a panel of five judges selected 10 deserving educators from all regions where BIC operates. Winners receive a custom-designed prize, a gift of BIC stationery products and a €5,000 grant for the school or organization of their choice. Details of this year’s BIC Cristal Pen Awards winners are included below.
In addition to the Cristal Pen Awards program, BIC continues its mission to support education by launching the BIC-Cause We Care Community. The community is a gathering place for everyone who shares BIC’s passion for improving learning conditions for students around the world and helps connect members with resources to fulfill that mission.
In addition, BIC is a partner of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and fund educational research and technical assistance programs in Europe and the United States, with a focus on effective tutoring and parental engagement.
For more information on BIC’s commitment to education, visit Write the future, together.
Winners of the BIC Cristal Pen Award 2021
Ramanan R., Sri Lanka – Ramanan works at Jaffna Hindu College in Jaffna, a war-torn region where his continued work has been a pillar of strength for many throughout his career. His dedication to teaching creative online during the pandemic, including building a DIY set where he films free youtube courses for students globally set it apart. Ramanan is also Section Head of the Professional Stream where he oversees programs that contribute to the development of life skills for students beyond academics.
Naomi A., United Kingdom – Naomi is Deputy Head Teacher at Frodsham Manor House Primary School, where she has taught for over 20 years and is dedicated to helping children become good local and global citizens. As a religious education teacher, she creates lessons for all community elementary schools in her area that aim to encourage global awareness, including diversity, anti-racism, sustainability, and respect for all. Among other activities, she leads workshops for teachers, supports individual schools and organizes student conferences where up to ten schools send children to learn about another goal related to religious education, such as Islamophobia. to encourage children to become future agents of change and keepers of peace.
Aline D., France – Aline has been working as a music teacher for more than 20 years. She is known for going above and beyond in teaching students with disabilities, especially those who are hard of hearing with innovative teaching methods that combine music, visual arts and performance. His workshops use creative hands-on learning to teach eco-citizenship through the creation of interactive art installations and literature through a musical version of “The Little Prince”. Through these projects and Aline’s dedication to personal attention, her students discover a passion for learning through artistic expression.
Shweta D., India – Shweta is dedicated to instilling a sense of resilience in her students, which she has demonstrated by successfully encouraging hands-on learning throughout the pandemic and reinventing herself as a teacher. Along with her innovative teaching methods, Shweta provides her students (especially those from lower-income backgrounds) with DIRT (Development, Improvement, and Reflection Time) so she’s there whenever they need. from her. She was also instrumental in a virtual exchange program with a Kenyan school where she promoted the importance of learning about other cultures and global citizenship and hosted a student-led conference where students shared their journeys through e-portfolios during the pandemic.
Hernan N., Argentina – Herńan is one of the founders and current president of the Biblioteca Popular Palabras del Alma library. The library began operating on a mobile basis, weekends only, and now offers art, a community garden, and workshops in reading, writing, computers, language, drama, and many subjects for people of all ages, including high school students and children without access to Kindergarten. Herńan also coordinates a project for indigenous peoples where a dozen new libraries in their communities have since been built. He is also the creator of a community theater troupe and a radio station that allows the poor, women, children and adolescents, people with disabilities or belonging to indigenous peoples to express themselves.
Carmen L., Brazil – Carmem first became involved in education through voluntary work which evolved into founding a day care center on the premises of a religious chapel, initially serving 15 children. Since then, Carmem has raised funds to buy land next to the chapel where she opened the Associação Espaço Educativo São Charbel, which helps 160 underprivileged children by offering private lessons, sports, music and various activities, in addition to providing meals. His 34 years of dedication to this cause has helped underprivileged youth forge a new path that includes successful careers and the return of his former students to help those after them. When regular classes were suspended during the pandemic, she and her organization remained active in the community by offering tutoring and food basket donations.
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Abdallah W. Morocco – Abdallah was inspired by his sister to become a teacher and help ensure girls and boys have equal access to quality education. He has taught in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Morocco where he is determined to make learning fun, whether the school has electricity or the internet. He has even been known to recharge his laptop every week at the village market to provide computer access to his students. He encourages the involvement of his students in music, theater and technology and regularly organizes meetings with the fathers of students to emphasize the importance of continuing education. It organizes summer camps, teacher trainings and coordinates out-of-school student transportation programs.
Opifa O. Nigeria – Opeifa is a teacher with over a decade of experience and passion for English literacy. It teaches difficult phonology and grammar concepts using popular rap songs, card games and dance. He also founded the first free weekend tutoring classes in his area to prepare students for external exams and started a book club. He has received numerous awards and has used the award money to improve school facilities, including a library, modern toilets and technology to improve learning conditions for hundreds of students. Opeifa further improves education by co-founding an online teacher community www.techerx.org.
Bernadette M. United States – Bernadette has devoted more than 25 years to early childhood education and began her career in the same Waterbury, Connecticut school system she attended as a child. She remained active in the school community while raising her own children and was eventually asked to start the school’s preschool program. She developed a program that gave every preschooler the skills to read and write above their level. Bernadette’s hands-on approach to the classroom often involves giving back to the wider community, including thank you cards to local police, firefighters and hospital staff. She is known for devoting her time and funds to planning engaging activities and buying snacks and essentials for her students in need.
Sharda V., Canada – Sharda’s kindergarten and special education students describe her teaching style as interactive, supportive and transparent. She is dedicated to helping her students develop a voice in the classroom and nurture their emotional well-being through a personalized approach that uses everyday life to inspire learning. She also runs an eco-club at her school to help teach students the importance of preserving our planet for the future.
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