Cultural education: online support to schools and teachers across Europe

Image: EAC Media / Europa.eu (in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage)

The two main platforms for the European school community, School Education Gateway and eTwinning, have prepared a host of resources and activities to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH).

Europe’s cultural heritage through eTwinning

Cultural Heritage was eTwinning’s annual theme in 2018. All eTwinners were invited to join and celebrate cultural heritage on eTwinning Day on 9 May, with activities such as solving a riddle or recreating a European artwork of their choice.

The latest eTwinning book, Learning from the past, designing our future: Europe’s cultural heritage through eTwinning, contains examples of many relevant eTwinning projects, as well as ideas for activities and resources for teachers offered by Europeana, the European Union’s digital platform for cultural heritage.

The annual eTwinning Conference took place in Warsaw on 25-27 October 2018 with the theme ‘eTwinning and our heritage: where the past meets the future’ with over 500 participants.

Finally, next to the annual European eTwinning prize, a special prize for Cultural Heritage was sponsored by the European Year of Cultural Heritage and awarded at its closing conference, co-organised with the Austrian Presidency, in Vienna on 6-7 December.

EYCH at the School Education Gateway

All through the year, the School Education Gateway has showcased news and many projects from across Europe, as well as inviting key stakeholders to share their expertise. Three months in 2018 were dedicated to cultural heritage, with a focus on museums, history and cultural learning in January, arts in July, and religions, festivals and traditions in December. We also ran a survey to gauge European citizens’ opinion on arts for learning. All of the articles and resources can be found here.

In the area of professional development of teachers and school leaders, the Teacher Academy offered two relevant online courses: Cultural Diversity in Your Classroom and Learning in a Museum. Both courses are still accessible after their conclusion.

In addition, two webinars were organised: the first one, Cultural Heritage and Schools, took place in March and featured Jenny Siung, Head of Education at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, and Milena Popova, Business Development Manager at Europeana Foundation. The second one focused on Arts: creative schools, creative youth with contributions from Joan Parr, Head of Creative Learning at Creative Scotland, and Iohana Unrescu, an Erasmus+ project leader. The recordings of the webinars are available online.