– the Netherlands 2004
The project “Europe
Online” was facilitated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Aim of the
project is to enhance knowledge of and contacts between Dutch high school
students and their colleagues in the new EU-Member States. This project will
both stimulate European Citizen awareness and knowledge of the cross-border
abilities of ICT.
Ten Dutch schools
virtually contacted a partner school in one of the ten new Member States. The
Dutch students and their colleagues in the partner school built up ongoing
communication through ICT-means.
of these contacts is on the similarities and differences in culture and custom
between the two countries and the role of ICT. Key is cultural diversity between
the two partner countries with respect to youth culture.
The competition element means that there is a price for the Dutch school and its
foreign partner school that come up with the most original and catching
presentation on the similarities and differences between them in their day to
- Contents and subjects
of communication between students.
- Means of Communication (Open Wicky, e-mail correspondence, website)
- Level of participation of the Dutch and of the partner school (is it a joint
- Final Presentation (means, originality, etc.)
Competition is a pilot. On the basis of the experiences of this project a format
will be developed that can be used by other schools to start and build out
communication with schools in other countries. The format will also give tips
and suggestion on how to get started. Final aim is that after this Competition
contacts and exchange of experiences between schools of Member States will be
stimulated and become a structural part of school curriculum.
The announcement of the winner and the price ceremony was held on 9 December
School competition: “Europe online”- 2004
During the second half of 2004 the Presidency of the Council of the European
Union was held by the Netherlands. It created a great opportunity for the
Netherlands to put its mark on Europe, especially now with the addition of 10
new members states.
Europe Online Project
The use of ITC offers lots of possibilities to initiate communication and
maintain contacts with the various European Union member states and their
citizens. So, EPN (Electronic Highway-Platform of Netherlands) organized the
school competition Europe Online in the months September-December 2004. The goal
of this competition was twofold:
goal was for students to familiarize themselves with the culture of new member
starts through virtual contacts with students from these countries. Secondly, it
gave students a great opportunity to experience how ITC can lower national
borders in a functional environment.
Europe Online was aimed at improving European citizen awareness and the use of
ITC educational purposes.
The Competition tasks:
The students were supposed to set up virtual meetings and maintain virtual
contact, through e-mail or the internet, with one
school in one of the new member states.
The students searched for and
explored similarities and differences between both their national and local
cultures as well as customs. The exchange of experiences of day- to- day life
could be done in many ways. The emphasis was put, however, on youth culture and
the role of ICT. So, we described our school, students’ life, extra-curricular
activities, our school trips and contacts abroad. Moreover, we presented Polish
educational system, assessment system and tourist attractions of our
neighbourhood, obviously with the use of digital pictures. Our Dutch peers made
a video film about their school life.
Towards the end of November a jury reviewed all submissions and nominated 3
finalists. Our school was among them. We were very happy to hear that news.
What’s more, we were especially proud when our project turned out to be the most
original and catching presentation of the differences and similarities between
the two countries and won the competition.
The winner of the Europe Online
Competition was announced at the EU-conference in Zoetermeer on Wednesday 8th
As a first prize
we won the bus trip and three-day stay in Prague, known as a cultural capital of
the EU, and meeting with students from our partner school Aloysius College from
the Hague. The sponsor was the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.
As a second prize
all participating students received a mobile phone (one school from Holland and
the other one from Poland, Sopot).
The third prize was a number of X-boxes
for the participating schools (one school from Holland and a partner school from
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meeting in Prague
We started our travel on 10th March to continue it for another 3 days until 13th
March. On the first day we were very tired because we were traveling long by bus
and we felt weak. But in spite of that we had some delightful moments during the
trip as we stopped for two hours to visit a wonderful and antique city Brno.We
saw there many interesting monuments and landmarks for example the Parnas
Fountain in the main square or St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. When we came back
to our youth hostel in the centre of Prague, we were waiting for our foreign
friends-Dutchmen- to have a great welcome!
Next day we
started a sightseeing tour of the capital of Czech Republic from Hradczany where
we visited such amazing landmarks as Prague Castle, St.Vitus’s Cathedral (when
we were inside it we felt magic of this place!) Besides, we saw Belvedere and
Lichtenstein Palace, and had an opportunity to stroll along Golden Lane, and
later Charles’s Bridge. On the other side of the Veltava river we could admire
gorgeous tenant houses walking along narrow streets of the Old Town. We were
absolutely charmed, especially that another attraction was prepared for us – a
common contest about the landmarks of Prague in small groups of 6 Polish-Dutch
students. What’s more, the winners of this language contest could expect prizes.
evening we went to the Black Light Theatre where we were watching a funny
performance which was called “Autonomy of Kiss”. When the presentation was over,
we decided to come back to the hostel and organise a common meeting with the
Dutch friends to know one another better. After an official announcement of
winners and handing in contest prizes we were singing Polish, Dutch and English
songs with the accompaniment of the guitar.
beginning, the Dutch were very shy but later they became more sociable and
turned out to be nice companions. They sang some Dutch songs specially for us.
That was very kind of them. Next day we had a lot of spare time, so we created
small teams and were shopping, talking and visiting new places. By chatting all
the time we had an opportunity to practise English in real-life situations.
Having an English-speaking guide during our sightseeing trip was also very
useful to check our English comprehension skills.
evening we went to a very cosy cafe to warm up a bit because the weather outside
was not favourable for staying out (minus10 degrees Celsius!). At the completion
of our trip there was a farewell disco. All people from our group were surprised
when they saw a multistoreyed building. By the way, it
was the biggest disco in Prague called Karlowe Lazy. The atmosphere and music
inside was great. So, we felt disappointed when we had to stop dancing and come
back to the coach on our return travel home. After short saying goodbye to our
Dutch friends we eventually set off.
In conclusion I can say that it was a
memorable and enjoyable experience to meet together in Prague with our foreign
friends. We have exchanged e-mail addresses, so I think that we will be in
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My impressions from the trip to Prague.
there with students and teachers from my school to meet pupils from our partner
school from Holland. We spent there three days and stayed at a nice hostel not
far from the city centre. Our hostel wasn’t very big but it was clean and cosy.
Food was quite good. We ate breakfast in the hostel canteen but dinners were
served in different restaurants in the city centre. Unfortunately, we didn’t
try any local dishes. The weather wasn’t very good. It was windy and it was
raining at times. We also did a lot of sightseeing. We saw many beautiful
landmarks e.g. very old churches built in a gothic style. We also visited an Old
Town. All buildings are wonderful there. They’re very big, sometimes enormous
and their facades and gables are covered with pretty ornaments. It’s no wonder
that this city is called a cultural capital of the E.U. - a historic site full
of magnificent landmarks
participated in a funny contest with Dutch students. In groups, which consisted
of three Dutch and three Polish students, we had to find some buildings in the
Old Town and describe them. Winners got nice prizes. Also evenings were very
enjoyable.. In the first evening we went to the theatre where we saw very funny
black white performance. Next evening we spent dancing in a disco and talking in
a pub. When we came back to our hostel we were singing English songs together
and playing the guitar. Last day in Prague was spent on buying souvenirs for our
friends and relatives. We also took a short cruise on the river Veltava enjoying
the weather wasn’t perfect I spent relaxing and very nice time in Prague.
To have more vivid idea of our trip, see lots of photos in our
club photo gallery