Throughout 2018, we will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe - at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.
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On 25 March 1957, six countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community – the forerunner of the European Union. This year marks 60 years since this treaty was signed.
As a teacher, you might like to use this occasion to prepare a special lesson on the history of the European Union and on some of the opportunities the EU provides for young people. To this end, we present below some material that you might like to use in your lesson.
For students aged 9 to 12 years:
For students aged 12 years and older:
For students aged 15 years and older:
You may also find the following material useful:
This information may lay the grounds for a discussion on the current situation and the future of the EU. Have the hopes and dreams of the founding fathers come true? What are your students’ dreams for Europe in the next decade?