This year, going back to school meant expressing our solidarity with all teachers and pupils affected by the tragedy in Belsan, Russia. As teachers, parents, adults, and children, we are all part of the same community and one people's tragedy is everyone's pain. Nobody is secure unless we all unite and fight terrorism together.
Nina Koptyug has never expected that teachers and their students might be in the first line of a fire when they go back to school. She points out that such events seem so much worse when children are caught in the middle of adult conflicts. (English)
When summer holidays start, the school year seems so far away and yet, here it is, once more and the hall that welcomed teachers on September 1st, quietly, with echoes created by the empty space surrounding us, all of a sudden rejoices with young people voices and enthusiasm. (English)
Teachers and pupils in Belarus went back to school on September 1, when in our neighbouring countries situation was very anxious and dangerous. Russian teachers and pupils were under a terrorist attack. (English)
"Summer is winding down and so is our holiday. The school session has started and we are looking forward to facing the challenges of the forthcoming school year. We do hope to be as hardworking and successful as we were in the past school year when we had a lot of achievements that brought us confidence in our own skills and great joy" says Andreea Silter, a Romanian teacher. (English)
All autumn beauty from the gardens seems to have gathered at schools. In Latvia the school year always starts on September 1, except the occasions when this date happens to be Saturday or Sunday, then school starts on the following Monday. This day is a real festivity in every school - with national and school flags flying, speeches, music and lots and lots of flowers. (English)
Violeta Tsoneva, the Bulgarian member of the myEUROPE advisory board, has been accepted on the Fulbright teacher exchange programme. The programme aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people from other countries. (English, French, German)