EC2 Saba wins Apple of Orange

Oranje Fonds - Stefan van der Kamp

June 1, 2021

The  team of EC2 is one of the three winners of the  Appeltjes van Oranje 2021. The Apples  are awarded annually by the OranjeFonds ( to three social initiatives that ensure that people can participate in society. This year, the Appeltjes went to three institutions that are committed to contribute to mental strength.

We won this award for the "Ways to Wellbeing" initiative, which contributes to participation of all children in education on Saba by making them more resilient. Some kids may be vulnerable because of: trauma after the hurricane, poverty issues, family displacement, Corona pandemic, isolation, bullying, or learning disabilities.

The use of positive teaching strategies and tailor-made programs enables students to follow regular education as much as possible, in the absence of special facilities for this target group.

Some of the ways to wellbeing are:

  • Visual Art & Creative Expression
  • Parent Helpline
  • Mindfulness
  • Therapeutic Play
  • Neurolinguistic Programming
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Pedagogy
  • Rock & Water
  • Social-Emotional Learning

Like other years,  Queen Máxima presented the awards at Noordeinde Palace. Due to the travel restrictions in connection with the Corona pandemic,  EC2 staff could only attend the Noordeinde Palace online during the award ceremony, on 1 June.

The prize consists  of a bronze statuette, made by Princess Beatrix, and an amount of €15,000.

The monetary part of the prize will flow back into the schools and families because it will be used to organize webinars and masterclasses for colleagues as well as parents.

Appeltjes van Oranje 2021

View the ceremony at Noordeinde Palace via this link: