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Commissioner Figel’ opens the Spring Day for Europe online debate activities

Commissioner Figel’, responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, hosted the first online debate on the Spring Day website on 12 March 2009. The debate was the fifth event of this kind since 2005, when the guest decided to interact with Spring Day schools on a yearly basis.

The debate theme focused on creativity and innovation as key skills that are acquired and shaped at school. Students and teachers from 12 schools representing 10 countries came online to interact with Commissioner Figel’ and his team of experts.
Commissioner Figel' during the chat at European Schoolnet Office

The debate covered a wide range of subjects, from European educational programmes and their goal of raising awareness about European cultural diversity and increasing intercultural dialogue and understanding, to theoretical and practical aspects of creativity and innovation and their perception in schools.

Answering a question about some limits that students and teachers encounter at school, in terms of creativity and innovation, Commissioner Figel' pointed out:

I would say that creativity is not censured in our education systems; the question is more how to stimulate it better than is being done at the moment. In terms of timing, you can also be creative and propose solutions about how to include this in the curriculum.

The Spring Day online debates aim to gather key European personalities, teachers and students to discuss a number of themes related to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. A total of seven debates are scheduled in the forthcoming weeks. They will be hosted by Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication, Bengt-Åke Lundvall , Professor, researcher on innovation and EYCI Ambassador, Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament, Michel Delebarre, CoR First Vice-president, Mario Sepi, EESC President, Domenico Lenarduzzi, Honorary General Director, European Commission, and the famous French writer Marc Levy.

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07/04/2009 by: Petru Dumitru