In recognition of its transformation of the learning environment, the Roberto Rocca Technical School in Campana, Argentina, has been honored as a finalist for the 2023 World's Best School Prize by T4 Education, a global organization committed to improve education. This prestigious award highlights outstanding achievements of educational institutions worldwide across five categories: community collaboration, environmental action, innovation, overcoming adversity, and promotion of healthy lives.
"We are very proud to have received this award, which recognizes our efforts to raise education standards in our communities, and the commitment to quality education with innovative methods as a fundamental vehicle for progress, upward social mobility and integration," said Erika Bienek, Community Relations director of the Techint Group, parent company of Tenaris.
In October, the five winning schools will be announced, determined by a jury consisting of prominent leaders from various sectors around the world, including renowned academics, educators, representatives from NGOs, social entrepreneurs, government officials, and representatives from the civil society and the private sector.
Over the past year, the Roberto Rocca Technical School carried out a building redesign project inspired by High Tech-High school in California and schools in Barcelona, Spain. This redesign sought to place students at the center of the learning process, encouraging autonomy and independence. Regarding the teaching methodology, the school embraces project-based learning (PBL) and employs innovative teaching methods that integrate multiple subjects, helping students learn in a more interconnected way.
As a result of its innovative approach, students achieve up to 44% higher grades in mathematics compared to students in other schools. Additionally, their reading comprehension skills have shown significant growth, with up to a 37% improvement. Committed to fostering a more equitable society, the Roberto Rocca Technical School offers a scholarship system that guarantees admission based on effort, dedication, commitment, and merit, regardless of the socioeconomic background of the family.