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The Valencian Regional Government has developed an initiative based on the order from 17 June 2009 of the Regional Minister of Education regulating optional subjects in secondary education. This initiative focuses on the development of a specific European subject, ‘European Union: Organisation and Operation’, aiming to accentuate the Union’s principles and performance by informing students about its work and the consequences and benefits of it.

Additionally, this subject is willing to contribute towards the construction of European citizenship. All in all, its purpose is to convey to secondary education students (from 16 to 18 years old), the historical, political, social and cultural relevance of the EU, as well as to promote student mobility to improve educational achievement. This subject gives the possibility to teachers and pre-university students to bring themselves closer to Europe and to the values that unite European citizens: values such as tolerance, human rights and democracy.

In this sense, belonging to the European Union gives us certain rights and duties as European citizens, which need to be acknowledged and carried out responsibly, considering that they offer us many opportunities beyond our frontiers. Moreover, the European Union offers countless resources for our young people: they can complete their studies in other Member States, improve their knowledge of foreign languages, undertake internships abroad, etc. All these opportunities can increase the student’s professional possibilities in a globalised environment.

All of these aspects are not subject to a united and coherent study in the current formative curricula, which only contemplate the study of the European construction process from a historical perspective. This creates the need for a new subject offering a global overview about the importance of integration in the European Union, especially focusing on the opportunities that it offers for citizenship.

For this reason, the Valencian Regional Government (more specifically the Regional Vice-Ministry for European Affairs, together with the Directorate General of Organisation and Educational Centres) has launched a new subject targeted at high school students about the ‘European Union: Organisation and Operations’, with the aim of training young people in this field, taking into account that it is important and necessary to participate in the European Union, promoting active citizenship.

Award info
Award category: opening up the public sector
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Education (higher and lower), training and learning
Type of activity:
Keywords: European subject about the EU: organisation and operations
Short English description: This initiative focuses on the development of a specific European subject, ‘European Union: Organisation and Operation’, aiming to accentuate the Union’s principles and performance by informing students about its work and the consequences and benefits of it.
Further information
Organisation: Regional Vice Ministry for European Affairs
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.gva.es
Level of government: regional level
Size of organisation: 50-100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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