The European Parliament Information Office in Spain, together with the Representation of the European Commission in Spain and the Secretary of State for the European Union, announces the 22nd edition of Euroscola Contest devoted to the 30th anniversary of the integration of Spain in the European Union (1986-2016)
The purpose of this year’s edition of the contest is to invite our youth to think about the transformation process undergone by Spain since its integration in the European Union back in 1986, promoting critical thinking, learning to value our achievements, and analysing the challenges ahead of us.
The Competition will take place on an online educational interactive platform: www.euro-scola.com
The Contest seeks to:
It is essential that the participating students speak other European languages, since the winners attending Euroscola Programme in Strasbourg will have to interact with contestants from other countries using English or French.
Registration in the Competition will be performed directly online at www.euro-scola.com
The competition is open to all Secondary Schools (ESO), High Schools and Intermediate Vocational Training Centres located within the Spanish territory.
Contestants must register as teams comprising 10 students (aged 15 to 18) and a teacher, who will be the team leader and its representative before the organisation of Euroscola. However, at the school internal level, work can be jointly coordinated by several teachers.
The same teacher can register as many teams as they can put together, and they will be in charge/accountable for all of them. However, only one team per school may compete for the final prize, based on the highest number of points scored.
Teachers will need to bear in mind that, should their team win the contest, all students will need to be between 16 and 18 years of age at the time of their participation in the Euroscola Day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (the Euroscola Day will take place during the 2016-2017 academic year). Teachers will be proposed several dates to celebrate the event.
Registration can be completed online via the Competition website from October 27th.
The email address provided by the teacher acting as team leader when entering the team for the Competition will be the only one used by the organisers for all kinds of communications during the competition.
The teams will start their work from registration. To compete, each team will develop a blog that will be used as a platform to present their work/projects about the 30th anniversary of the integration of Spain in the EU.
The contest will make various reference materials available through its website. Teams will be able to access them online to find guidance in developing their projects. Each team will be free to study these materials and/or research additional sources to complete its project.
Throughout the competition, teams will have to complete the following work:
To enter the competition, blog contents can be written in any of the official languages of Spain or the European Union, provided contents are available in at least two languages, or that blog contents are also provided in Spanish to facilitate their assessment by the jury.
All blogs will be structured along the following sections:
Hold interviews with community stakeholders: teachers, school workers, members of their school’s Parents Association, family members, neighbours, friends who:
These interviews are aimed at finding out how were their lives and how have they changed in these last 30 years. For instance; how were their daily interactions with their colleagues, whether or not they can recall who their idols were, of any particular people they admired back then, their studies, their trips within Spain and abroad, if they knew foreign languages, if they had neighbours and friends from other countries, if they were exposed to news about other European countries on a regular basis, or if they feel that the integration of Spain in the EU has changed the Spanish way of life significantly…
Interviews should help compare live now and 30 years ago. Teams must do their research and present their conclusions, explaining if the integration of Spain in the EU has had any influence on those changes.
Teams will be free to start working on their projects as soon as they register for the contest, and will necessarily present their projects using their blogs.
Although any motivated teacher may lead the teams, a cross-curricular approach of the competition is highly recommended. Teams are advised to contact and work together with their school's Technology teachers in order to select the platform to be used to develop and host their blog. Likewise, the teams are encouraged to seek counsel from their teachers of Ethics, Religion, History of Religions, Language, Arts, and Foreign Languages or from any other teacher at school whose help or guidance might provide the benefit of a better final result for the assignment.
Teams are free to organise their work calendars as they agree with their team leading teachers, but will need to bear in mind that the deadline to complete their blog is April 6.
The teams will receive detailed instructions on how to post their blog’s URL on the Euroscola website. This will be the only communication format accepted by the Contest organisers.
An email address will be made available for the teams on the competition website to make enquiries and report technical issues, provided these are made with sufficient time that a solution can be found and that it has no impact on equal competition terms for all teams.
In addition to registering for the contest and developing their blog, we invite teams to follow Euroscola on social networks, and to share their debates and projects using their own social account profiles. The teams will only need to follow Euroscola in one of the existing social networks, since the same information will be posted in Facebook and Twitter.
Teams should meet the following requirements:
Anyway, it is the team leaders’ responsibility to explain to the teams entering the competition how important it is to use a correct language and that the activities presented should reflect educational values of tolerance and respect. Awareness should be raised among the students of the significance of the Internet safety rules: always think before posting photos, videos or opinions on the Internet and never publish messages, images or other materials that might be considered offensive or disrespectful.
All teams entering the competition are reminded to quote their sources at all times when publishing proposals including surveys, interviews, photos or videos.
The European Parliament Information Office in Spain accepts no liability whatsoever for the ideas or opinions presented by the teams in their blogs or in any other promotion and dissemination media employed.
Classifications and contest winners will be decided by a jury. The Jury will rate the initiatives shown in the blog according to the:
Once the jury rates the initiatives reflected in the blogs a list of schools whose teams have become winners or who have been among the top five teams in their Autonomous Communities and Cities will be published, close to Europe Day, on May 9, on the website of the Contest.
The Jury’s decision cannot be contested.
The prize for the winners will be taking part in the Euroscola Programme at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and they will receive a grant to help with the travel expenses. The amount of this grant will be determined based on the distance between the city where the school is located and the city of Strasbourg.
The competition will give 15 Euroscola awards:
Apart from their team members, each winning team may invite a further 14 students and 1 teacher from their school to take part in the programme. The school is responsible for coordinating the participation of the team.
Even though there will be only 15 Euroscola winner teams, a list will be published with the top-5 teams by Autonomous Region or City in each category. All the teams will receive a European Parliament Diploma.
The European Parliament’s Information Office in Spain invites multiple national and regional organisations with interests in the topics of the contest to promote the Contest and to contribute additional prizes. These prizes will reach the teams through the corresponding Autonomous Community.
Euroscola organisers assume no liability in connection with prizes and conditions set forth by partner institutions and contributors.
So that a new school can get to know the European Parliament with every new edition of the Euroscola, only those schools that have not won the competition in the 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 editions may compete for the final prize. However, the aforementioned schools may opt for the prizes given by each Autonomous Community or partner institutions, as these deem appropriate.
The European Parliament’s Information Office in Spain will provide the contact details of all the winning teams to the European Parliament Office in Strasbourg. Those responsible for the European Parliament Office in Strasbourg will contact the winning teams to make the appropriate arrangements for their participation in the Euroscola Programme.
Participating in the Euroscola Programme is a unique, unforgettable experience that gives students the opportunity to experience the European integration project first-hand. The winners of the Competition in Spain will be able to experience, together with the winning teams from other EU countries, what it feels like to become a Member of the European Parliament for a day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The students will get to know the work that is done at the European Parliament first-hand by debating topics of interest for young people, engaging in negotiations with participants from other countries, and finally voting and reaching agreements on hot issues for Europe.
The Euroscola Programme gives students the chance to interact and exchange views using a second language. These young students also get to represent their school and their region in a knowledge-sharing exercise that illustrates the diversity of the peoples of Europe and fosters cultural exchange.
The contestants will address the Parliament and speak in Parliament Committees meetings to debate and vote resolutions on pressing issues; they will also practise foreign languages and share their ideas with young people from other EU countries. The teachers will also be given a chance to meet colleagues from other European countries and to share classroom practices and educational information.
Further information on the Euroscola Programme is available on the Euroscola section of the European Parliament website: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/euroscola
The trip and the participation in the Euroscola Programme in Strasbourg will take place during the 2016/2017 academic year, or else during the second term of 2017, should such extension be requested by a large number of participants. Once a provisional schedule for Euroscola sessions has been drawn up, all the leaders of the winning teams will be simultaneously sent an email by the European Parliament’s Information Office in Spain informing them about those dates. The dates for the participation will be chosen depending on the date of submission of the applications.
The European Parliament reserves the right to cancel or modify the terms of participation in the Euroscola programme in case of force majeure.
Once published, the list of winners and runner-up teams will be final.
Registration in Euroscola 2016 implies full acceptance of these rules.
All the leading teachers that their teams complete their projects/blogs with all requirements will enter a raffle to win an iPad, valued at €400.
The result of the raffle will be announced directly to the winner by the organisers and will be made public on Euroscola's accounts in the social networks.