Second Edition of 'EU at Your School' Closes with Attendance of Over 10,000 Students

Published Date: 16 June 2021 05:00 PM

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Over 10,000 students aged 13 to 20 from 27 Singapore education institutions met with European Union (EU) representatives in the second edition of the 'EU at Your School' project (#EUatYourSchool), where they got insights about the EU and its relations with Singapore. The project, which started on 31 March and will continue through July 20211, builds on the positive feedback of the inaugural edition in 2019.

2. Ambassadors and diplomats from the EU and its member states based in Singapore visited education institutions across the island to give talks about the EU, touching on topics such as the EU's history, institutions, and their growing role in the face of the global health crisis. The talks were presented in virtual or hybrid format. The project aims to promote 21st century competencies by developing global awareness and cross-cultural skills amongst students and instilling in them an appreciation of different cultures and languages by introducing them to the rich and diverse cultures of Europe.

3. European Union Ambassador to Singapore Barbara Plinkert – who spoke at two sessions engaging with students at the MOE Language Centre via Zoom and meeting students at Millennia Institute in person – focused, in her sessions, on topics such as the EU's concerted response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the path to recovery, the EU's engagement with ASEAN, EU-Singapore ties and spoke about her career as a diplomat.

4. Ambassador Plinkert said, "This year's campaign has been a collective effort that called for a remarkable degree of agility as the COVID-19 situation evolved. I am extremely grateful to the Ministry of Education, Singapore, students, teachers, and principals from all participating schools, and fellow Ambassadors for their unstinting support. While the pandemic has exposed our vulnerabilities, it has also highlighted the many benefits of dialogue and cooperation. I truly enjoyed being back in the classroom. I am extremely pleased that despite the many challenges that continue to confront us, our project teams have already started discussions for the third edition of EU at Your School."

5. To celebrate the 2021 EU at Your School project, EU member states have jointly created with the EU Delegation and with the support of the schools this free-to-share video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-3m5tjZWj0, which highlights several visits to education institutions. For the list of education institutions and embassies that participated in the project, please refer to Annex A.


Footnotes
  1. Due to the recent pandemic restrictions, some visits were postponed and will be conducted online in June and July.

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