Text: arch. Monica Popescu
Photographs and illustrations: De-a Arhitectura, HundrED
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HundrED, a global non-profit based in Finland that improves education through impactful innovations, has just announced its 5th annual Global Collection which highlights 100 leading innovations in K12 education from around the world. De-a Arhitectura has been recognized as one of the top 100 education innovations to watch in the year 2022, being selected as one of the most impactful and scalable innovations in the world, after being reviewed, together with other innovations, by 120 Academy Members consisting of academics, educators, innovators, funders and leaders from over 50 countries.
In total, there were 2,204 reviews by the Academy based on their impact and scalability that were then evaluated by HundrED’s Research Team to make the final collection. According to the results of the HundrED Global Collection 2022, the main trends in education this year are: Teacher Professional Development, Communities and Learning Environments, 21st Century Skills, Educational Equity, Access and Inclusion.
“Each of this year’s innovations reflects the passion and enthusiasm of people who want to bring learning opportunities to every child around the world. I really appreciate that and feel very lucky to be a part of the HundrED Advisory Board. I believe HundrED is the launching pad to give these innovations a boost, increasing access to more children around the globe to make this world a better place together.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam, Primary school teacher
The HundrED Academy Review on De-a Arhitectura’s HundrED page states:
“Digital assets makes the program highly portable. Methods of engagement the Arts, Maths, Design Thinking and Project-based learning key elements of future-oriented learning that prioritize skills development globally relevant.” – HundrED Academy Member
“This innovation empowers students to create to benefit their communities. Students are introduced to the concept of civic responsibility through hands-on experience and practical applications, while guiding teachers with architectural resources.” – HundrED Academy Member
About the impact and scalability of the innovation, the review states:
“De-a Arhitectura focuses on the importance of building learning environments where children and adults can become active citizens in their local communities. Through games, experiments and a hands-on methodology, this innovation fosters skills such as creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.”
“De-a Arhitectura is a community of built environment professionals and teachers shaping a better future through architecture education for children, youth and adults. Our programs foster creativity and innovation, and help children get ready for the real world. In almost a decade we’ve reached over 30.000 pupils in Romania, involving 1100 teachers and 900 volunteer architects. We are humbled and honored to be selected alongside 99 other innovations from around the world, to know that our work in Romania rises to the challenge and that our battle against ignorance and towards a better living environment is not in vain.” – arch. Mina Sava, De-a Arhitectura President