Nordplus Junior Aurora Award

Nordplus Junior Aurora Award 2023

With the annual Nordplus Junior Aurora Award, we want to find and highlight good results from Nordplus Junior projects and celebrate successes for students, teachers, preschools, schools and other organizations. For 2023, the national Nordplus offices have nominated ongoing or recently completed projects which:

  • Have started 2018-2021
  • Successfully integrates the project in the organizations, the development needs of the participants and each county´s curricula
  • Is a best practice and a great example of a Nordplus Junior Project that should be promoted
    A jury has then selected three finalists. The jury includes representatives of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordplus main coordinatorship, Swedish Council for Higher Education and Education Exchanges Support Foundation, Lithuania.


Voting opens on the 15th of September. Vote for the candidate you think is most deserving of this year's prize via the link by the 30th of September at the latest! Vote

Winning project

We will announce the winning project at the conference EMIL - a meeting place for international learning - which will take place in Stockholm on the 1st of November. We also announce winning projects here on the website.

Winning projects receive, in addition to honour and attention, a diploma and a trip with a workshop and overnight stay to Stockholm in connection to the award ceremony.


Finalist 1

Children health improvement by integrating five elements of S. Kneipp philosophy: water, movement, herbs, emotions, healthy diet
A collaboration betwenn Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Iceland with Arbu Kindergarten in Tallinn as coordinator. Network project on the theme of health and healthy lifestyle. the project has resulted in a methodological tool in the form of the book "The best health book for children" which is free to use. 

The jury's comment
A project with many partners and participants, including families, where everyone is systematically encouraged to a healthy lifestyle
Well implemented and integrated into daily operations with clear results
Embraces the whole concept og health - including children's emotional and mental health
Connects to Nordplus focus area 2023-2024 - social sustainability
Shows that lifelong learning starts in preschool

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Finalist 2

New Tendencies in Economics and Entrepreneurship
A collaboration between Sweden, Iceland, Latvia and Estonia with Swedish Calmare International School as coordinator. Development project with class exchanges on the theme of social entrepreneurship, circular economy and sharing economy, continued in a new project with a focus on sustainable services. 

The jury's comment
Large, well-planned and long-term project that switched to digital during the pandemic  
Includes students with different learning styles 
Interesting themes that include modern, changing society as well as entrepreneurship and sustainable development 
Cooperation also with business and higher education 

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Finalist 3

Outdoor learning with Montessori pedagogical system - a healthy start to joyful lifelong learning via partnership between latvian and norwegian preschools
A collaboration between Latvia and Norway, with latvian Montessori and Musics Christian Preschool Knäbis as coordinator. Teacher exchanges on the theme of outdoor leraning.

The jury's comment
Well-planned innovative project combining outdoor learning and Montessori methodology, covering main educational areas 
Arrangement of a successful event - Conference of North - gathering more over 300 participants
Sharing result of the project in an excellent way
The collaborative work resulted in a Montessori based educational e-book

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