Monday, May 7, 2018

Schools : Europe Day & European Year for Cultural Heritage : resources

Europe Day 2018

To celebrate Europe Day, the European institutions in Brussels open their doors to the public for the annual Open Day on 5 May 2018 in Brussels, the 5 and 9 May in Luxembourg and the 10 June in Strasbourg (France).
The Open Day is a unique opportunity for everyone from the young to the not-so-young to discover how the European institutions work, what their priorities are and how they affect the lives of Europeans.

Throughout the day, visitors can step inside the institutions’ buildings to take part in special activities such as public debates and enjoy guided tours of the buildings, all in a festive atmosphere.

"Marking the anniversary of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, EU Delegations around the work celebrate in May peace and unity in Europe, with a rich variety of activities and events."

  • Historical facts:

At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
The video above is a brief history of the EU from the end of World War Two to the present. 
This has been recorded for use in classrooms when learning about the EU and should be used in conjunction with other resources.

Europe Day 2018

  • Activities:

The activities and events will be held throughout the whole month of May. This year's focus is on be European Year for Cultural Heritage.
Throughout 2018, Europeans will celebrate the 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 
The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.
So, don't forget to read the last News on the official website every day.

  • Suggestions:
Think of how to ensure the European dimension is present: with students in your area originating from other European countries, or with guests invited to come from other European schools. 

If there is a nearby university, involves the Erasmus students;

Team up with other schools in other countries;

Think activities that provide a good balance: fun, serious, remembrance, future. This can include: food, culture, (simulation) games, pros & cons debates, educational activities, language lessons, history exhibitions, proposals for the future.

Ensure there is something for all ages!

Download the suggestions in all EU languages here


Teachers will find some resources to celebrate Europe Day in schools. And more, for example:

2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage

  • Why Cultural Heritage?

Cultural heritage has a universal value for us as individuals, communities and societies. It is important to preserve and pass on to future generations. 
We may think of heritage as being ‘from the past’ or static, but it actually evolves though our engagement with it. 
What is more, our heritage has a big role to play in building the future of Europe. 
That is one reason why EU want to reach out to young people in particular during the European Year.

  • The slogan ?
"Our heritage: where the past meets the future".


Cultural Heritage comes in many shapes and forms:

  • tangible – for example buildings, monuments, artefacts, clothing, artwork, books, machines, historic towns, archaeological sites.
  • intangible – practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills - and the associated instruments, objects and cultural spaces - that people value. This includes language and oral traditions, performing arts, social practices and traditional craftsmanship.
  • natural – landscapes, flora and fauna.
  • digital – resources that were created in digital form (for example digital art or animation) or that have been digitalised as a way to preserve them (including text, images, video, records).


Of course European teachers will include Europe Day and European Year for Cultural Heritage into the school curriculum. 

Curriculum : Cross-curricular : Languages & Literature; History; Geography; Arts other.

Level : All levels. 

Every teacher will adapt the activities to the level they are teaching. Teachers will find some Resources on the official website.

Download the resources including the visual identity, factsheets and different toolkits. 

At the disposal of anyone who would like to promote the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, all materials are provided royalty free for 2018. 

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