European Commission launches new prize for schools
Publication date: 06/11/2019

Secondary Schools can apply for the Jan Amos Comenius Prize for high-quality teaching about the European Union until 6 February 2020.

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This new prize will reward secondary schools that help their pupils learn about the European Union in interesting ways.

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture stated:

"Action is necessary to enhance the citizens’ knowledge and understanding of the EU. Learning about the European Union at school is crucial. Schools can help young Europeans to become active and informed European citizens engaged in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU. I am pleased that this new prize gives visibility to the work of schools that enhance their pupils’ awareness of the European Union and foster a sense of belonging to it in ways that inspire”.

Who can apply?

The contest is open to secondary schools established and based in the European Union (not to individual teachers).

What is the amount of the Prize?

The action will award up to twenty-eight (28) prizes of €8,000 each, one per Member State.

If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU before the award decision (this follows soon after the assessment of the applications) without having concluded an agreement with the EU ensuring that British applicants continue to be eligible, British secondary schools will cease to be eligible for this prize. In this case, there will be up to 27 prizes (instead of 28) but the amount of the prize will remain the same (€ 8,000).  

Whose idea is this Prize?

The Prize is a European Parliament initiative implemented by the European Commission.

Deadline and Application Form

The deadline for applications is Thursday 6 February 2020, 17.00 CET.
Find the rules and the application form of the contest on the call page.