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  • Who can Apply and Submit Project Concepts?

    Any teacher, of any school in Aruba belonging to a school board ('schoolbestuur') recognized by the Department of Education, and that have a:
 Working A/C system (minimum: where technology/hardware will be used and stored) Working security system in order (either: alarm, cameras, security on premises) Proper insurance in place (‘Inboedelverzekering’, Fire & Extended Perils, Burglary, etc.) are eligible to participate in this Fund.
  • What is the total amount of Fund available for the 2023/2024 school year?
    The total Fund for the complete 2023/2024 school year is Afl. 400,000
  • What is the total amount of Fund per cycle?

    For each cycle, there will be a total of Afl. 100,000 allocated that should cover multiple projects.
  • What type of Projects should be designed and submitted?

    Pilot Projects in Innovation in Education that stimulate the use of technology and interactivity between students and teachers alike.
  • How many projects are going to be selected per cycle?

    A minimum of two (2) projects must be selected per cycle

  • How many cycles are going to be open for the 2023/2024 school year?
    For the 2023/2024 school year there are going to be four (4) cycles open for applications.
  • When do the cycles open and close for the 2023/2024 school year?
    Cycle 5: September 18, 2023 - November 17, 2023 Cycle 6: December 4, 2023 - February 3, 2024 Cycle 7: February 17, 2024 - April 18, 2024 Cycle 8: May 5, 2024 - July 4, 2024
  • Is there a budget limit for the project concepts that are going to be submitted?
    There is no strict limit on the budgets for submitted projects. However, since multiple projects should be selected per cycle, we advice to keep the submitted budget below Afl. 50,000
  • Should Students or Teachers design and submit project concepts?

    Ideally students and teachers co-design project concepts. We encourage teachers to involve students and school staff. However, applications are officially signed by a teacher or principal.
  • How will project concepts be evaluated and rated?

    An independent committee of judges will objectively rate submission based on among others: If the project solves a problem; Is it relevant, Degree of Creativity and Innovation; Clear definition of educational challenges and proposed solutions; Realization risk; Holistic approach to innovation; Clear budget and corresponding Quotes/Estimates; Goals & Objectives, etc. Members of the judging committee are active representatives of varying sectors such as academia, NGO’s and Private Sector and possess extensive backgrounds and knowledge in Innovation, Technology, and Academia. The judging committee is and will remain completely independent throughout all cycles and in cases involving any conflicts of interest, appropriate steps will be taken; such as the project will be passed unto a different judge for evaluation.
  • In what language should Project concepts be submitted?

    Because the Fund is open for schools who use different languages, the preferred language for universal understanding is English. However, if preferred, and in order not to limit creativity, you can also submit project concepts in: Dutch & Papiamento.
  • Is there a template or preferred chronological order a project concept must adhere to?

    You can submit your project concept as a document in your own creative way, as long as you adhere to the criteria. For your convenience, we provided a downloadable template/sample with a fictional project.
  • Should we inform our school board (‘schoolbestuur’) that we are submitting a project concept?

    All projects must be co-signed by an authorized teacher or principal, and the School Board (‘schoolbestuur’).
  • If a submitted project concept does not get selected, can we apply again?

    Yes. Feedback received should be taken into consideration, and you can apply again in the next cycle.
  • Can a school submit multiple project concepts?

    Yes. A school can submit multiple pilot projects at once (for example different teachers, grades, and classrooms submitting different project concepts to be executed)

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