The first Day that came to mind when the BEHAS project struck as an enlightenment was (of course) the Day of Europe. Humming Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (the anthem of the European Union, the closing part of the 9th Symphony, see for details. The Anthem was established via a major information campaign on Europe Day in 1972.
Europe Day according to its official website: “is held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the 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”.
BEHAS brings the Europe Day at school via many, colorful, diverse activities aiming at boosting our common European citizenship and values. The dedicated Action Plans for the Day bring the European young learners closer to the European Union, which is now the cradle for their common citizenship.
In the middle of spring, the Europe Day brings Joy to our schools, in the context of a Strategic Partnership funded, organized and dedicated to the values of the EU.
Let’s explore together our colorful, multicultural and multilingual continent which is home to us and to millions of other citizens, coming here from all the parts of the world to experience Democracy, Freedom, Culture, History, Arts, Science and Studies in the world’s most diverse common state, our European Union.
What is Europe for you and your learners? Do teachers celebrate this important day? How can we organize activities with music, arts, info-days? Which is our common history and our common future?
Let’s explore these questions together. Our Action Plans are under preparation to make Europe feel at home!