Spring Day for Europe has become a popular event as a teaching and learning opportunity to bring young people closer to Europe. The number of schools joining the Spring Day campaign has grown year by year since 2002. What are the reasons for schools to register? What they get in return?
Once registered, teachers and their classes have access to the full package of activities, competitions, resources, tools and services of the Web portal. Participation in activities and competitions is based on the registration information, meaning that a contributing school is identified according to the data supplied when registering.
From a social and educational perspective, Spring Day for Europe offers short-term opportunities with long-term benefits.
Short-term opportunities to:
* integrate teaching about the European institutions, their policies and the latest EU developments into the curriculum; * use the ICT for real-context communication purposes and to make use of different learning environments; * welcome a public figure in a school/class to talk to students about a subject relating to the general theme of 2009, the European Year of Creativity and Innovation; * communicate with peers in Europe so as to exchange information and get to know other cultures; * participate in online activities and competitions which can be resources to complement lessons focusing on Europe, creativity and innovation; * become a member of a European community of schools working on common curriculum-related subjects; * share ideas and get inspiration from fellow colleagues in Europe; * receive a certificate of participation which is signed by top-level EU decision makers.
* broadening students’ horizons from a local and national perspective to a European perspective on contemporary developments; * enhancing education by empowering and enabling students to acquire communication and debating skills; * encouraging students to express their ideas, concerns, suggestions and solutions to contemporary issues; * promoting cooperation and active citizenship; * getting in contact with key European, national and local public figures; * being part of a European family of schools that share common goals and activities; * motivating and encouraging students to learn languages in real communication situations; * raising awareness about how European decisions affect our daily lives; * securing European visibility and acknowledgement for school activities; * helping reinforce European identity while strengthening national identity.