Events: Breathing life into the heritage

4 to 6 May 2005: Cracow, Auschwitz, Birkenau (Poland). Seminar for European Education Ministers

After a visit of the concentration camps, the ministers engaged in a dialogue with witnesses of the genocide and participated in the "March of the living" from Birkenau to Auschwitz. Some thirty young people (aged 16-17) from 18 countries produced a frieze painting on the theme "Before, during the atrocities and after", which they presented to the ministers. It was subsequently exhibited in the Auschwitz museum.


1999: Strasbourg (France), 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe. Children create statues depicting their European roots

Pupils from the Esplanade secondary school in Strasbourg displayed "totems" they had created using elements of their home countries' heritage on the forecourt in front of the Organisation's main building.


June 1996 : Florence (Italy), Summit of Heads of State and Government. "Europe in 15 towers"

Inspired by the bell tower in Florence, pupils from 15 countries created banners representing towers to be found in their countries.


27 April to 6 May 1989: The first European heritage class - the "Rhine without borders" project

Organised under the aegis of the Council of Europe, this class brought together 120 secondary school pupils (15-16 year olds) from Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, who made a journey of discovery along the Rhine, travelling by boat from Rotterdam to Basel. The programme included site visits, workshops, production of a newspaper, a model, a comic strip and a painted frieze and enabled the pupils to discover the international dimension of heritage. On 5 May 1989, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Council of Europe, a report on this class was submitted to the then French President, François Mitterrand.