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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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Become a European Blue School

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. Learn more on how to become a European Blue School and get on board!

 

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Get to know the certified European Blue Schools

Interested in discovering the European Blue Schools and their projects?

Now you can discover the members of the Network of European Blue Schools. Updated automatically with all the necessary information, as soon as new schools join the community, this list allows you to search members by name of school, country, project, level of education and topic.

You can also explore the wide diversity of European Blue Schools on an interactive map!

 

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Charter for Blue Education

This charter is a commitment to collaborating and aligning strategies between European education networks and sustainability initiatives, confirming the engagement to strengthen blue education, and supporting societal transformation in Europe.

The underlying principles of the Charter for Blue Education are the result of a collective effort from the 10 signatories, initiated by the Eu4Ocean Coalition and its Network of European Blue Schools.

 

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Join the wave and spread the word!

You want to learn more about the activities of the Network of European Blue Schools and its members? Check out the hashtag #EUBlueSchools on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Join the wave and tag your posts with #EUBlueSchools!

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Make Europe Blue Campaign

A multitude of threats including climate change, overfishing and pollution is putting our ocean at risk, and changing course requires us to work together. As part of the EU4Ocean Coalition, the Make Europe Blue campaign is calling on you - citizens, businesses, organisations, authorities, celebrities, educators - to make a pledge to help the ocean. Your pledge is a personal promise or action that will keep our ocean healthy. Every action – even the smallest one - brings change to our ocean!

Check out the campaign page and get inspired by the pledges of journalists, educators, policy-makers, activists and organisations engaged in ocean protection.

 

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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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The EU4Ocean coalition: what, what for, how?

The opening workshop of the first event of the EU4Ocean coalition underlined the societal and political importance of collective action for cost-effective ocean literacy in Europe. It introduced the logic of the online workshops organised as part of the event, from the introduction of the established ocean literacy communities to the many opportunities to contribute to the formation of collective initiatives at the European and sea-basin scales.

Start date: 24/09/2020 - 09:30
Last update: 10/09/20

EU4Ocean – Together for seas and oceans. The advice of a European youngster.

She is Bela and she’s presenting the EU4Ocean initiative. An ambitious project that helps us all to understand how we can fight for seas and oceans.

Last update: 09/09/20

Where the world is heading young conference. Day 1 of the Open Science Days. Open Science Days in Sopot, Poland

This article describes the Open Science Days annual project, which is run by the Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAN), together with Today We Have, Sopot Science Association and other partners (http://www.iopan.gda.pl/odn2019/index-eng.html).

Last update: 25/08/20

Arela De Mar Campaign promotional image including the translations to 5 Iberian languages: Arela De Mar (Galician), Anhel De Mar (Catalan), Anseio de Mar (Portuguese), Anhelo De Mar (Spanish) and Itsas Irrika (Basque). A Desire for the Sea

#ArelaDeMar used art, science & social media to bring the ocean to the community. Merging art & ocean science, it collaborated with local artists and researchers to connect the Iberian publics with the ocean, during and right after lock-down.

Last update: 18/08/20

Children engaging with ATLAS educational resources at Science is Wonderful, Brussels, 2019. Picture credit: Annette Wilson, AquaTT Ocean Literacy resources from the H2020 ATLAS project

Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS is a portfolio of free learning resources designed to engage children and adults with the deep sea.

Last update: 18/08/20

Virtual focus group meetings with Ocean Education Stakeholders

From May to June 2020, a total of 76 European teachers, education and ocean literacy professionals and marine scientists were mobilised in a series of 8 virtual focus group meetings to discuss the feasibility, the difficulties and the benefits of creating a Network of European Blue Schools.

Last update: 10/08/20

Joining forces at the first “EU4Ocean workshop – Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe

On 24 – 25 September 2020, the first EU4Ocean workshop– Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe was organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition – a new initiative on ocean literacy of the European Commission.

Start date: 24/09/2020 (All day)
Last update: 10/07/20

Ride the wave and take part in the #YoungOceanWaves video & photo contest

Please note that the contest is closed. Winners will be announced on 24th of September. Crazy about the ocean? The #EU4Ocean Coalition was running the #YoungOceanWaves contest: What the ocean means to me. We were looking for cool videos & photos that show your connection to the ocean!

Last update: 14/07/20

Website manual for members of the EU4Ocean online communities

This user manual supports the members of the EU4Ocean online communities in using the functionalities of the website.

Last update: 29/06/20

Launch of the EU4Ocean Coalition

On June 8th, the EU4Ocean Coalition on Ocean Literacy was officially launched during the first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit.

Start date: 08/06/2020 - 11:00
Last update: 26/05/20

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