Learning about the European Union – 22 schools awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Prize
Publication date: 08/05/2020
Ahead of Europe Day tomorrow, Commissioner Gabriel announced today the winners of the Jan Amos Comenius Prize for high-quality teaching about the European Union.
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The prize goes to 22 secondary schools from across the EU that teach about the European Union in a creative way and helps to spread these practices.

Each winning school will receive €8,000 and a trophy.

Commission Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas said: “Awarding the Jan Amos Comenius Prize for the first time today to schools and teachers for their creative efforts in teaching about the European Union and its values is highly symbolic. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Schuman declaration, which is the root of a project of peace based above all on European solidarity, schools and pupils across Europe experience a disruptive situation unknown since the war. Seventy years later, it is only through such creative efforts and solidarity that we will be able to overcome this crisis and rebuild even stronger than before.”

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said: "Learning about the European Union at school is not a luxury, it is a necessity. We need to enhance citizens' knowledge and understanding of the European Union from an early age. Our schools can foster critical awareness of the European Union and a sense of belonging to it, in ways that inspire. I am pleased that this prize is giving recognition and visibility to such valuable work.”

Watch Commissioner Gabriel announce the winners.

Austria: Bundesrealgymnasium und Bundesoberstufenrealgymnasium Wien 15
Belgium: 'Le Verseau', Bierges
Bulgaria: Професионална гимназия по туризъм 'Доктор Васил Берон' - The Vocational School in Tourism 'Dr. Vasil Beron' in Veliko Tarnovo
Croatia: Gimnazija Pula
Cyprus: Περιφερειακό Γυμνάσιο-Λύκειο Λευκάρων - The Regional Secondary School of Léfkara
Czechia: Střední odborná škola podnikání a obchodu, Prostejov
Denmark: Rejsby Europæiske Efterskole, Skærbæk
Finland: Otaniemen lukio, Espoo
France: Lycée Gustave Eiffel d’Armentières
Germany: Ignaz-Taschner-Gymnasium, Dachau
Greece: Δεύτερο Γενικό Λύκειο Γέρακα, Παλλήνη, Second Senior High School of Gerakas, Attica
Ireland: Saint Columba's College, Stranorlar 
Italy: Liceo classico, musicale e delle scienze umane 'Chris Cappell College', Anzio
Lithuania: Telšių Vincento Borisevičiaus gimnazija 
Malta: St Martin's College, Swatar
Netherlands: Christelijke Scholen Gemeenschap 'Het Streek', Ede
Poland: LXIII Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Lajosa Kossutha
Portugal: Escola Básica de São Bruno in Caxias
Slovakia: Obchodná akadémia, Dolný Kubín
Slovenia: Srednja zdravstvena in kozmetična šola Maribor - High school for nursing and cosmetics, Maribor
Spain: Instituto de Educación Secundaria MANUEL DE FALLA, Coslada

This EU-wide contest was launched on 6 November and schools from 24 Member States applied. External independent evaluators assessed each application. The evaluators identified 22 winners. 

The Jan Amos Comenius Prize is a pilot project proposed by the European Parliament and implemented by the European Commission.

In 2018, the Council Recommendation Promoting Common Values, Inclusive Education and the European Dimension of Teaching identified teaching and learning about the origins, values and functioning of the EU as a policy priority. The prize aims to present good practice in teaching geared towards the objectives of the Recommendation.

Discover the winners and their work from 14 May 2020 onwards.

Header image: © European Union, 2019.