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Network of European Blue Schools

About the Network of European Blue Schools

The Network of European Blue Schools is an initiative of EU4Ocean, the European Ocean Coalition that connects diverse organisations, projects and people contributing to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. EU4Ocean is the place where new ideas and joint actions come to life to make a bigger change. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone.

How are we connected to the ocean? All people on Earth are directly or indirectly connected to the ocean in a variety of ways: through what we eat, breathe and use, where we go on a holiday. The ocean is our planet's life support system - and it needs our protection. This Network of European Blue Schools aims to inspire teacher, school director or staff of education services, to challenge their students, from kindergarten, primary, lower and upper secondary, technical or vocational schools, to develop a “Find the blue” project that links them to the ocean or the sea. By successfully completing the project and sharing its results, schools will receive the European Blue School label.  

The EU4Ocean is inviting teachers/staff of education services from all subjects to enroll in the Network of European Blue Schools and bring the ocean into the classrooms!

Why join the Network of European Blue Schools?

By joining the network, we will assist you in connecting with relevant partners to:   

  • have your students become agents for change and sustainability of the ocean and seas;
  • share your Blue School experiences with other national and international schools;
  • find inspiration and support on how to address ocean topics that are relevant to your curricula, your school and your community;
  • receive the European Blue School certification recognizing the value of your initiative.

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Virtual focus group meetings with Ocean Education Stakeholders

To prepare the launch of the Network of European Blue School, a series of 8 virtual focus group meetings – representing networks and key ocean education stakeholders in Europe – were held in selected Member States (Portugal, France, Ireland and Romania) and at the scale of the different sea basins (Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea).

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Pledge to become a European Blue School

The EU4Ocean Coalition is inviting school teachers of all subjects and levels to pledge their schools to become a European Blue School. Show us your intention by registering via this form. We will contact you to provide more information for the next school year.

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About the EU4Ocean Coalition

The Network of European School is part of the EU4Ocean Coalition, which connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone. In addition to the Platform, the EU4Ocean Coalition includes the Youth4Ocean Forum and the EU4Ocean Platform.

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Last update: 10/08/20

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