Programme

The “Europa macht Schule” (“Europe meets School”) programme brings people together in the spirit of European understanding. How does the programme work and who can take part?

Zwei Studentinnen schauen in ein Buch.
European students get together with a school class to undertake a project focusing on their home country or a European topic. They spend three to five lessons working on the project – more if required – and the teacher provides support. The programme enables those involved to engage with each other, work collaboratively and share ideas beyond language barriers.

Programme structure

All types of school can take part in the programme – including primary schools, special schools, all types of secondary school and vocational colleges. The guest students’ countries of origin and subject areas are equally varied. Participating school pupils are actively involved in planning, implementing and documenting the project in a way that is appropriate to their age level.

The theme of the project is decided on by the guest student together with the class teacher based on the student’s interests and curricular requirements.

A public presentation of the results will take place at the end of the programme, during which the projects will be either presented live or displayed in the form of short reports with photographs. At the end of this event, classes and students receive a certificate in recognition of their efforts.

Ongoing support is available to European students and teachers through local teams of volunteers who supervise the programme and on-site coordination. The teams put European students and schools in touch with each other and help with the implementation of individual projects.

Overview – one year of the programme

By October Location teams (in German only) are reorganised or assembled
By November Registration for the programme is confirmed by guest students and schools
November/December Coordination meetings between schools and guest students
December/January Pedagogical seminar for guest students to prepare for the project (optional)
December/January Time for further meetings between teachers and guest students, first class visit
January to April The project is carried out in class
May Final event is held involving presentation of all the projects at a location