In continuation with celebrations marking European Union (EU) day, a team from the Union in Sierra Leone yesterday visited some schools to educate them about the EU and to launch the “EU and I” drawing competition.
The team comprises the Head of Delegation of EU Peter Versteeg and Head of Political, Press and Information Section Jaschke Lothar visited secondary schools including Vine Memorial, Collegiate, Government Model, Rokel , Albert Academy Mountain Rural, and Winners School for Prosperity.
In his presentation to the pupils, Jaschke Lothar, Head of Political, Press and Information Section, educated them about the EU which he said started through the Schuman Declaration of 9th May 1950, wherein he made a call to the European countries to come together and forget about war and unite for the greater good of peace and stability within the Union and the member states.
Adding that since that time, the Union has strived on democracy, human rights and peace among the 28 member states of the EU with a population of 500 million people who enjoy the right to reside and to work in any of the member states, as well as the access to social rights throughout the whole Union.
Lothar further spoke about the symbols of the EU, one of which is the currency; Euro that is being used all over the Union and it is the official currency and the largest economy in the world , the motto which is “united in diversity” and its first came into use in 2000. It signifies how Europeans have come together in the form of EU, another symbol of EU is the anthem.
Speaking about drawing competition, Alexandra Gotz said the competition “ the EU and I” is to make the children demonstrate what they know about the Union and its impact in the country as a whole and the best drawings will receive attractive prizes in October during the EU film festival and it will be published on the delegation’s website.
By Betty Milton
Friday May 16, 2014