ORT Argentina: From North to South Pole as new school year begins


17 March 2004 ORT Argentina music production student, Melina Kuperman, was part of an Argentinean student delegation which accompanied the countrys National Education Minister, Dr. Daniel Filmus, to the South Pole (Antarctica). The delegation travelled to the South Pole to represent the students of Argentina at a ceremony marking the opening of the new school year in early March. At the opening of each school year the Minister of Education holds a ceremony in a different Argentinean province. This year Antarctica was chosen as the location for the inauguration ceremony of the 2004 school year as it is the site of an Argentine military base, Vicecomodoro Marambio. The Ministry of Education selects specific schools for the purpose of the opening ceremonies which, in turn, award their outstanding students with the honour of being part of this prestigious event. This year, for the first time, Escuela T cnica ORT was chosen as one of the schools to represent Argentina at the ceremony. Melina Kuperman was selected after exhibiting outstanding academic and social qualities. ORTs participation in the South Pole visit comes three years after an ORT delegation, including World ORT Executive Committee member Dr. Evgeny Gontmacher, visited the North Pole with a number of prominent Russian politicians to mark the 121st anniversary of ORT. Escuela T cnica ORT No. 1 marked the opening of the new school year at a special ceremony attended by the Mayor of Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires Municipality Head of Education and Gideon Meyer, Deputy Director General of World ORT. The new school year was observed by Escuela T cnica ORT No. 2 at an event on 8th March attended by students, parents, teachers, and members of the board of directors. School principal, Diana Grimbe, screened a video prepared for the occasion with greetings to the students from members of the academic world and continued the school tradition of unveiling a plaque in the schools playground. The inscription on this years plaque was a quote from Maimonides: May I be moderated in all aspects of life except for the insatiable love of science. This year 4,118 students enrolled at ORT Argentinas two schools.