For the third time officials are going back to school – this time it's the turn of the Slovenes.
More than 100 EU officials, including the Slovenian commissioner Janez Potočnik in charge of science and research, will visit their old secondary schools across Slovenia on 31 March, to bring their experience of working for the EU into the classroom for "EU project day".
They will be following in the footsteps of their German and Portuguese colleagues, who did the same for their schools last year. The event was first launched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in January 2007 during the German presidency of the EU to give students a better understanding of the EU and raise their awareness of EU programmes that may be of interest to them, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Erasmus, youth in action and European voluntary service.
The Commission's education and culture department will also present Comenius – an inter-school cooperation programme to improve the quality of education, strengthen European ties and promote mobility and language learning. The programme aims to get at least 3 million pupils involved in joint educational activities by 2013.
The EU project day, which reached 35 000 students in Germany, 208 schools in Portugal and now 79 schools in Slovenia, has been enthusiastically received and will be repeated in the Netherlands on 14 April.