On Tuesday 2 July 2019, the Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg-Kirchberg hosted the 11th edition of the Project Management Awards, organised by Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg asbl.
The initiative, which has been in existence since 2008, rewards the best projects in the "Project Management" branch currently included in the 12th grade curriculum of the administrative and commercial division of the Luxembourg schools' technical system. For this 11th edition, 24 teams from six different high schools participated in the final which attracted about 200 people including 175 students.
The main objective of the initiative is to offer students the opportunity to carry out a concrete work within a group and under shared responsibility. After validation of the project by the secondary school's management, the students take care of the design and the finished production as well as the public presentation of their project.
Students are also supported in their project by a sponsor from the business world. The goal is to encourage self-care and project management and to convey the taste for challenge.
A jury, composed of representatives from the economic world, then analyses the projects on the basis of very specific criteria: the quality of the project, its execution, the structure of the submitted file and the public presentation. This year's jury was made up of Muriel Morbé from the Chamber of Commerce, Blanche Lamesch from the "Chambre des Métiers", Christian Kaempff from Kaempff-Kohler and Paul Junck from the "Fédération des Hôpitaux du Luxembourg".
The first prize winner was the "EPMC goes Pink" team from the Ecole Privée Marie-Consolatrice, which was also the sponsor of the project. Students Lejla Lobito Kevric, Beatriz Carvalho Durães, Alessandra Cespedes Yanez, Amenis Correia, Cindy de Oliveira Cardoso, Nancy Kraus, Daniela Marques Arantes, Mandy Melone, Elodie Perreira Barro and Sarah Tranchant wanted to educate the secondary school student community about the prevention and screening of breast cancer. The team organised several activities such as the "Broschtkriibslaaf", a "Flash Mob" and a charity dinner. In total, the team's activities raised €13,801 for the benefit of the Europa Donna Luxembourg association.
The second prize was awarded to the "Save the Ocean" team from the Lycée technique de Bonnevoie (LTB). Sponsored by "Ouni", André Apolinario, Catarina, Rocha, Edna Cardoso wanted to make LTB students aware of the problem of plastic and its harmful impact. The team made and screened three awareness films in their school.
The winner of the third prize was the "Power of Dance" team from the Lycée technique de Lallange, sponsored by the Urban Dance Studio. Chloé Marques, Stéphanie Fernandes, Helder Meira and Bruno Pinto organised a dance show around the theme of children suffering from cancer. The team made a profit of almost €4,000, donated entirely to the Kriibskrank Kanner Foundation.
Finally, the special jury prize was awarded to the "Generations Exchange" team from the Lycée Technique de Bonnevoie. The team, composed of Ana Monteiro, Sally Mossong and Julie Poncin, launched a project to allow young and elderly people to meet during specific activities such as quizzes or bowling and thus encourage social and intergenerational exchange. Amiperas sponsored the initiative.