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During three days in October 2013, 200 teachers met in Stockholm to work and share good practice on ways to strengthen the teaching of European citizenship in the classroom.

The eTwinning professional development workshop (PDW) offered teachers from all over Europe the opportunity to discuss and share examples of good practice and ways to introduce the concept of European citizenship to their pupils.

On the first day we listened to two greatly appreciated keynote speeches. Professor Bob Fryer, chair of the UK-based Campaign for Learning, provided an inspirational discourse on citizenship in an evolving world. “The biggest strength of eTwinning: we learn a lot through understanding difference, understanding […]different cultures so young children through eTwinning comparing how they see the world with new friends in another country is a wonderful way of learning”.

Doris Pack, chair of the EU Committee on Culture and Education at the European Parliament, reassured the audience about the future of the European educational programme and highlighted the 47% increase in the budget dedicated to such programmes as eTwinning.

Throughout the second day, teachers participated actively in a series of workshops. In some of them teachers demonstrated the way in which they integrate European citizenship in their lesson plan via an eTwinning project.

Another series of workshops helped teachers to better understand how the eTwinning platform works. On the second day teachers were encouraged to work in groups so as to potentially find partners and create an eTwinning project.

During the last day teachers presented their ideas for future eTwinning projects. Almost everyone found a partner. So we hope to see a lot of new projects on citizenship as a result of this seminar in Stockholm.

  • Web Editor: Morvan Claire
  • Published: 04.11.2013
  • Last changed: 23.12.2013