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Spring Day for Europe


Above: Spring Day Logo

www.springday2009.net

Spring Day for Europe is an annual programme that is open to schools in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Teachers are encouraged to book days in their calendar to involve students in activities that focus on European themes. Spring Day enables young citizens to express their views and make their voices heard in Europe. 


The European Year of Creativity and Innovation 
Now in its seventh popular year, Spring Day is joining the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (EYCI) and is expected to trigger interest in and raise awareness at local, regional and national levels.


The programme supports many school subjects and offers opportunities for teachers and students to experience both cultural and practical aspects of creativity and innovation.  
In concrete terms, Spring Day 2009 is designed to:
• support artistic and other forms of creativity through pre-school, primary, secondary and vocational education; 
• create a context that enables young people to acquire skills that are the basis of self-expression throughout life; 
• promote cultural diversity as a source of creativity and innovation; 
• encourage the use of information and communication technologies as media for creative self-expression; 
• contribute to developing a more entrepreneurial attitude; 
• raise awareness about innovation as the path to sustainable development; 
• highlight regional and local strategies based on creativity and innovation.
Online and Offline Debate
Spring Day for Europe also offers a number of opportunities to foster online and offline debates focusing on creativity and innovation. In the year when the EU citizens will again cast their votes in the European Parliament elections, participants are also encouraged to reflect on the EU strategic orientation for the post-2010 decade and on the “knowledge-based” aspects of the Lisbon strategy.
25 March – 9 May 2009  


Spring Day for Europe runs this year from 25 March to 9 May 2009. Schools of all types are welcome to register, from pre-primary to Sixth Form and FE Colleges. Spring Day is also open to classes from organisations responsible for extra-curricular activities whose goals are to develop and strengthen skills related to school curricula. 


Register at: www.springday2009.net 
For further information in the UK, contact ukspringday@googlemail.com 

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