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EU launches 'Know Europe' competition across 80 West Bank schools

Oct. 30, 2018 4:37 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 11:18 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- With the participation of 80 schools across the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, the European Union and the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education launched the "Know Europe" competition in southern occupied Hebron, on Tuesday.

The "Know Europe" competition is expected to include around 500 students of the 9th grade enrolled in public, private, and UNRWA schools.

The competition will take place in Ramallah, Jenin, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqiliya, Gaza City and Rafah.

The Deputy EU Representative, Tomas Niklasson, said "We are happy to launch the 'Know Europe' competition again across the schools in the West Bank and Gaza."

"Thanks to the commitment and readiness of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, we were able, for the second year, to launch this interactive, interesting, and creative competition."

He added "The European Union has a lot in common with Palestine and the region. Through this initiative, we aim to introduce ourselves again to students of Palestine: introduce our values, culture, history, and identity. For us, this is one way to affirm once again that we are committed to supporting Palestinians."

The EU is keen in communicating to the Palestinian public, of all ages, its founding principles, as well as cultural and historical ties with the region.

The competition is one interactive way to share the European identity, culture and values with the younger Palestinian generation.

"The competition will tackle cultural, historical, sports, arts, and geographical topics with regards to the European Union and its Member States. It is organized in two phases; the first phase includes a competition between schools of the same districts. One school would then qualify to represent the district in the final round. Consequently, the final round will represent all Palestinian districts and yield three winners of the first, second, and third places."
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