European Blue Schools bring the ocean into the classroom. On the journey to becoming a European Blue School, teachers and pupils will improve their understanding of the ocean and develop a sense of responsibility towards our shared planet. Creating awareness and a feeling of responsibility for our ocean (so-called Ocean Literacy) encourages students to become more active and responsible European and global citizens. The program challenges schools to Find the Blue and explore their connections to the ocean while creating networks all across Europe. The Network of European Blue Schools is an initiative of the European Commission, supported by DG MARE and was developed by the EU4Ocean Coalition partners.
Schools that take up the Find the Blue challenge shall identify an ocean-based topic that is relevant to their students, and collaborate with their pupils to create a school project. The aim is to make the ocean a relevant part of the school curriculum through project-based learning. Student ownership, collaborations with other organizations and people involved with the ocean and creating a community with the same passion will be key values of these projects. By successfully completing the Find the Blue challenge, schools will receive a European Blue School certification.
All certified European Blue Schools become part of the Network of European Blue Schools, where teachers and students:
Every project that a school submits to become a European Blue School should achieve the following five compulsory criteria:
After successfully completing the project in line with the five compulsory criteria, schools will receive the European Blue School certification. We are happy to accept applications for a range of projects but do encourage teachers to think about developing more complex project ideas that include e.g. participation with other teachers in the school or international collaborations that provide your students with the opportunity to make a real impact and increase the authentic learning experiences beyond the classroom walls.
Below you can find five optional criteria for a teacher who wishes to take their project to the next level:
Is your school ready to take on the Find the Blue challenge? Here are the steps you need to take to start your ride on the wave of change:
Your first step is to download the Handbook for Teachers here. The Handbook outlines the teaching principles behind the European Blue School initiative and the European Blue School certification process. It includes a step-by-step guide for developing your own blue project, ideas and tools that can help you get started, as well as a variety of inspiring projects from all over Europe.
Become part of the large movement to Make Europe Blue and submit your pledge to become a European Blue School here
Fill out the online application form to get certified
Applications are now OPEN
The European Blue School initiative is open to all schools within the European Union and schools that collaborate with schools in the European Union. These schools can apply to receive the certification and can take part in the online European Blue School Community.
The application form is available in English only. No EU-login is required to fill out the application form.
If you have problems with the application form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application is evaluated by reviewers of the Network of European Blue Schools, twice a year.
If your application matches the above-mentioned five compulsory criteria for projects, you will receive a notification that your school is selected to become a European Blue School. Should the project not fulfill the requirements for certification, we will contact you with further information.
All successful projects will be showcased on the map of European Blue Schools (European Atlas of the Seas). Every school will receive its own webpage on the Maritime Forum that can be managed and updated. Look at all the members here.
In the Network of European Blue Schools you can find: