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1000 Schools registered in Spring Day for Europe!

Agrupamento Biotehniški center Naklo - Srednja šola, in Slovenia, is the 1000th school to join the Spring Day for Europe 2009 campaign. In the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, the event aims to encourage schools to organise many debates and activities focusing on Europe and creativity. The campaign is expected to harvest lots of schools’ interest from 25 March to 9 May 2009.

Bernarda Božnar, teacher at Agrupamento Biotehniški center Naklo - Srednja šola, tells us that this is the third time the school has participated in the campaign, and it won’t be the last one. “Every year great activities are proposed. We integrate them into the school curricula so that lessons become more interesting. Spring Day for Europe is not only about improving knowledge on the European Union and Institutions, but above all it is about developing a positive attitude towards Europe. Students enjoy taking part in activities and competitions that encourage them to use their skills in a creative manner. They are also proud to feel members of a European community sharing similar ideas and lesson outcomes”.

As Bernarda says, Spring Day for Europe offers a flexible timeframe and a set of lesson suggestions that allow teachers to choose what suits them best: “We are a secondary biotechnical school teaching a wide range of subjects, from agriculture to nature protection, but we still find Spring Day activities that fit our curricula”.

The Spring Day activities and competitions are expected to enhance the portal with entries that may result from classroom activities such as videos, photos, texts, invention proposals and others. Schools are offered online games and online resources that can make learning and teaching more attractive. These aim to help young Europeans understand the European decision-making process and how the EU institutions work.

Another interesting feature of this year’s edition is the “Back to school” operation. Schools can host a visit from political or public figures, debating on Europe or expressing their views and thoughts on Creativity and Innovation. Schools are free to contact a guest and invite him/her to join the initiative, using the template letter available on the Spring Day website. Moreover, from this year on, a booking system will facilitate the arrangement of visits, helping VIPs and schools to match their preferences following a few easy steps.

01/04/2009 by: Alessandra D'Angelo