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Schools fete EU in its 50th year

Schools fete EU in its 50th year
A new look for Europe!


“Spring day for Europe” brings together pupils from thousands of European schools to learn about the EU and set out their wish list for the future.

Building on the success of the three previous years, 2007's "Spring day" saw 4 822 schools participating in an event that ran from 26 March to 30 June.

Designed especially for school pupils, this European campaign aims to expand their knowledge of the EU through educational activities and debates with European political figures.

2007’s theme was the EU's 50th anniversary. The official Spring day website offered multiple resources to help teachers prepare lessons on this theme and on EU history, as well as tips on how schools could hold their own “Spring day”.

The participating pupils certainly gave free rein to their creativity: debates, festivals, exhibitions - all sorts of events were held to mark the celebration. This year, to add to their motivation, two competitions were organised. Primary schools were invited to design a commemorative stamp for the EU anniversary, while secondary schools had to create a poster on democracy.

In a bid to bring the EU closer to young people, schools held both virtual and live debates with prominent European figures. Some 80 personalities (MEPs, commissioners, and members of other EU institutions) went back to school to meet the pupils. And 86 schools from 23 countries had the chance to chat online with other European figures, posing questions on topics such as the role of the EU institutions and the bloc's main achievements over its 50-year existence.

What schools did for Spring day

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