Spring Day welcomes 4000 schools!

Bundesoberstufenrealgymnasium, in Vienna, Austria, is the 4000th school to register in Spring Day for Europe. Our Austrian coordinator, Susanne Pratscher, explains the success of the campaign, offering us a taste of the events taking place at local level.

With 163 schools involved, the Austrian Spring Day embraces many activities that will culminate in a national festival, an occasion for students to present the works and creations they have been preparing during the entire academic year. During the ceremony, the students will be also rewarded by a jury following a selection.

Susanne Pratscher, Austrian national liaison, stresses the importance of the campaign in stimulating students’ knowledge of EU topics, thanks to the resources and activity section. “Spring Day is a platform for sharing and learning”, says Susanne stressing the role of networking played by the initiative as a whole. As liaison, Susanne spends her time helping teachers, coordinating school visits and preparing the final event of the Austrian festival.

As we move into Spring itself, Spring Day for Europe is now getting ready for its special edition. With Commissioner Figel’, responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, and Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Professor, researcher on innovation and EYCI Ambassador, Spring Day has started the season of online debates, with great participation by schools.

The “Back to School” initiative has also been launched, and a new tool is available to allow guests and schools to match their preferences in terms of visits. Also in Austria, VIPs and experts are joining the campaign and “going back to school”. The Austrian government and the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik are already facilitating the arrangement of school visits. In addition, the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik is offering schools the unique possibility to host an exhibition related to Europe for one or two weeks.

Related information:

Back to school

Austrian events (EN, DE)

01/04/2009 by: Alessandra D’Angelo