About the Generation 3.0 Program
The Generation 3.0 programme is an annual cycle during which the Pontis Foundation seeks innovative learning approaches, links them with the education community, helps them with an effective setup, and supports their dissemination to schools across Slovakia.
To enable every child and young person in Slovakia to develop her/his potential and acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for a life in the 21st century.
The goal of Generation 3.0 is to achieve that by 2021 at least 15 000 teachers will have used proven modern approaches and methods necessary for a life in the 21st century. It aims to achieve this goal by identifying, linking, developing and disseminating existing innovative educational projects.
In Generation 3.0, we try to react to key issues in our education system by supporting organisations which implement quality educational projects. In the annual G3.0 cycle, we focus on the areas that lag in usual education the most.
Generation 3.0 Cycle
Selection of projects for the EDUcamp
We launch a call for civic organisations and schools to apply in five categories. Based on set criteria, the expert committees will select approximately 15 innovative educational projects to participate in the EDUcamp.
An intensive 3-day event, at which we connect selected projects with experts from business and the education system. The aim is to find ways to disseminate educational approaches to more schools. Projects with the greatest dissemination potential then advance to the EDUaccelerator.
A 3-month mentoring and educational programme with an individual mentor and access to inspiring educational activities. It also includes financial support of up to 15 000 € per project.
A place where teachers, principals, pedagogy students and parents meet. The programme consists of workshops, discussions, demonstration classes and practical problem solutions, as well as a practical learning of innovative methods which develop the skills necessary in the 21st century.
A website for teachers, which gathers quality educational approaches that bring innovation into mainstream teaching. It offers tips for comprehensive programmes, workshops for pupils and training sessions for teachers.
The final event of Generation 3.0
For projects that have successfully completed the annual programme, we prepare a final gala event. It aims to give organisations the opportunity to present their results and assess progress. It is also an important opportunity to network and connect with other actors in education.
Since September 2019, by completing the G3.0 cycle, organisations have been joining our alumni club. By joining this group, they gain access to the broader activities of the Pontis Foundation, such as training, opportunities for further networking, and closer cooperation with other actors not only in the field of education but also in business and many more.
At the EDUaccelerator, we set up impact measurement criteria for each project. Education researchers help organisations set up long-term data collection and teach them to analyse and evaluate data so that the teams can later measure their impact effectively. At the same time, we use a questionnaire for teachers to measure the impact of the entire programme.
The Pontis Foundation seeks educational programmes which focus on personality development, technological and natural knowledge, career and entrepreneurial skills, and social and civic competences. We support positive innovation in the education system.
Personality Prepared for Change
curiosity and a joy of discovering, lifelong learning, self-education, self-development
the ability to adjust to change
innovation, creativity, originality, experimenting, artistic perception and expression
healthy life style
Technological and Natural Science Knowledge
natural sciences, mathematics
information literacy, technological knowledge and skills, programming
Career and Entrepreneurial Skills
yhe ability to communicate – structure thoughts, the ability to use arguments, present, discuss, and make oneself understood
the ability to cooperate
leadership, independence, responsibility, pro-active approaches
knowledge in economy and financial literacy
Social and Civil Competences
critical thinking - reading comprehension, the ability to recognize manipulation
tolerance, a sensitive approach to difference
social and emotional intelligence - empathy, sympathy, and respect
helpfulness and solidarity
honesty, trustworthiness, ethical decision-making
civic engagement, democratic attitudes
combating xenophobia and extremism
the understanding of global contexts, competences necessary for life and success in today’s globally interconnected world
responsibility towards the environment
Innovations in the System of Education
projects which improve the educational environment
support programmes for modern teacher training
new methods of instruction
projects aimed at equal opportunities and wide accessibility
programmes aimed at the development of interdisciplinarity at schools
Andrea Ferancová Bartoňová
Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Dublin Institute of Technology, interim President of Maynooth University, Government Advisor on the Green Paper (1998) and the White Paper (2000) on lifelong learning.
Greta works as a consultant at Poetica Ltd. in California and has 20 years of experience in evaluating projects and organisations and measuring global impact. She also lived in Slovakia for a long time, thanks to which she knows the local context.
Director of Finpeda Ltd., responsible for several significant innovative educational projects, Academic Leader of the Immersive Learning Research Network.
Martina is an executive director of the Pontis Foundation and is responsible for the strategic management of the teams of education, strategic philanthropy and inclusion.
He is in charge of the management of Generation 3.0 activities in the Pontis Foundation.
Dominika coordinates the process of the impact measurement of Generation 3.0 educational approaches and works with organisations which completed the EDUaccelerator programme.
In Pontis Foundation, he is responsible for the Generation 3.0 Award process, evaluation of nominations and coordination of non-financial support to finalists.
He is a project coordinator at the Pontis Foundation. In Generation 3.0 he is responsible for coordinating individual activities.
Fero creates opportunities for individual philanthropists, with an aim to achieve a positive change in education. He focuses on the events within the Generation 3.0 programme and prepares materials for its supporters.
PR coordinator at the Pontis Foundation. In Generation 3.0 she is responsible for communicating the first stage of the project.
Xenia Daniela Poslon
She studied social and work psychology at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences and cognitive science at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics at Comenius University. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Institute of Social Communication Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences at Comenius University.
She studied political science at Comenius University in Bratislava. Currently, she works as a researcher at the Slovak Governance Institute, where she focuses primarily on the issue of second-chance education. She cooperates with the civic association entitled Nové školstvo (tr. New Education System) as well as many other organisations.
Soňa studied Political Science at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava. She graduated from the Teach for Slovakia and the Professional Fellows Programme. She leads her organisations Cesta mladých (tr. Young People’s Path) and Edubox. She also works as an analyst at the Office of the Plenipotentiary for the Roma Community
Jana works at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the University of Trnava in Trnava. Her main research interests include the identity of minorities and the construction of social and political barriers affecting sexual minorities.
Romana graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University (UK) in Bratislava. She worked as a research and development employee at the National Institute for Education. Currently, she is a director of the National Institute for Certified Educational Measurements.
Iveta worked as a researcher at the Department of School Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Trnava University in Trnava. Currently, she works as a teacher at a bilingual primary school.
She provides consulting on setting up the impact measurement of the My Machine project.
Martin works as a teacher at the Department of Pedagogy and Social Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Comenius University in Bratislava. He focuses on the topics of self-regulation and motivation, education for responsibility and independence, and pedagogical diagnosis of behavioural disorders.
Radomír works at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences and as Vice-Chancellor for External Relations at the Comenius University. His main research interests include Social Psychology, Marketing Psychology and Health Psychology.
He provides consulting on setting up the impact measurement of the I AMbitious project.
Lucia focuses mainly on educational policies, especially in the context of the inclusion of children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. She studied political science and public policy at Comenius University in Bratislava and currently works as a researcher at the Slovak Governance Institute.
She graduated from the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University and the University of Trnava, with a training centre at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. She works as an assistant lecturer at the University of Ostrava. She is the founder of the Slovak version of Science Slam at the Slovak Academy of Sciences.
Martin works as a researcher at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He gained his PhD. from the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He focuses on airborne landings in Czechoslovakia in the Second World War and Western intelligence activities. He completed several foreign research study trips.
Andrej co-founded Basta digital and in the past, he worked as an executive director of the Slovak Governance Institute. He focused mainly on the knowledge economy, social inclusion and evaluation. He graduated from economy at the Brandeis University in the USA and the University of Edinburgh.
The Generation 3.0 Award is changed to the Generation 3.0 programme
We launched project This Is 21. A project through which personalities from the business world return to their secondary schools all across Slovakia and tell students about their life stories.
We published a call for the Generation 3.0 Awards 2018 nominations in five categories
We launched project Generation 3.0 to support innovative approaches to education, and started the Diversity Charter initiative.
We created the Map of Social Innovators – people, who actively work to change Slovakia for the better
We co-founded the Association of Corporate Foundations (ASFIN)
We organized the International Conference Development and Democracy, and established the Fund for Transparent Slovakia
We launched the “Pro Bono Attorneys” programme and charity project “Heart for Children”
We started the first project of development cooperation in Kenya
We initiated programme of individual philanthropy “DobraKrajina.sk” (”Great Country”)
We held the first Corporate Philanthropy Forum
We organized the first year of volunteering event “Our Bratislava” (today’s “Our City”)
The Business Leaders Forum, an association of responsible companies, was established. We also organized the first conference on corporate social responsibility (today’s CEE CSR Summit)
The first corporate endowment fundswere established
The name of our organization is changed into “Pontis Foundation“
We organized the first year of the Via Bona Slovakia Awards and prepared motivational campaign “Election Rock ‘98”
The Civic Society Foundation is established
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The Generation 3.0 programme is funded from individual, corporate, and institutional donors. Without listing their names upon their request, we would like to say a sincere thank you to all individual philanthropists. By dedicating their time, know-how, and finances, they contribute to the long-term sustainability and progress of the programme. Thank you very much