The Delegation of the EU to Serbia invites you to send creative and inovative works for a new "Europe and I" competition.
The instructions for sending your submissions to the contest are before you, with the contest topics, the submission categories and the role of a mentor on a project all explained in more detail.
The topics of the contest are addressed in the “Europa Diary 2019/2020” publication and they are as follows:
- EU and Serbia
- EU in your everyday life
- EU myths
- Human rights
- The environment and climate change
- Violence prevention
- Europe - united in diversity
The Europa Diary is a publication that aims to facilitate informing about the EU, its values and opportunities that it offers. This sort of informative guide can be of use not only to students, but to teachers as well, as a teaching aid. This is the tenth time that the Europa Diary was published in Serbia.
More info about the publication
- Photography works (individual);
- Design pitch for the 2020/2021 Diary (team);
- Video formats (team)
- Comic strip/caricature (individual);
- Multimedia format (team)
Students in the first, second and thirdgrades of high school are eligible to takepart.
One team, or one student, can take part in the contest with one submission in each category, but they can only receive one award for one category only.
Several teams from the same school may participate (three students per team). Each team must have its own mentor. Team members must not be part of any formal school club or extracurricular activity.
The mentor must be a teacher at school. Teachers may be mentors of only one team.
You can apply for the contest individually or in teams in the following ways:
Individually with a submission for one of the set categories;
Photo works represent all forms of photographic art and are submitted individually. So it can be a single photo, photo work or photo report with accompanying text.
The design proposal for the Diary 2020/2021 edition is a category in which applications are submitted in teamwork. It involves front and back cover design and the first-page design of all 10 chapters of this year's edition.
Works in the video format category are submitted on a team basis. The footage can be journalistic, artistic, documentary or dramatized for up to 3 minutes.
Works in the comic / cartoon category are submitted individually and in B2 format. Unlike other works submitted in the online form, participants in this category can submit their works exclusively by mail (with the application form) to the address:
EU info centar
Za konkurs Evropski Dnevnik 2019/2020
Kralja Milana 7
This year's multimedia format includes the creation of a website or mobile application. Works in this category are submitted solely by the team.
Students who have been awarded in previous European Diary contests are not eligible to participate in this year's competition. Schools that have participated in previous cycles may register new participants.
The awarded works in the previous contest of the Europa Diary project
The role of a mentor and mentor relationship
The propositions of the competition define that all submissions, regardless of the fact if they are individual or team ones, should be a product of both the students and their mentors.
A mentor is a teacher from the same high school as the student (or the team) that is taking part in the contest.
The chosen mentor can mentor more students or teams in more than one category.
The mentors will be held responsible for information stated in their works. This is the way of securing that each student receives necessary support while creating their work.
A mentor should be an independent counselor and helper, they should adequately direct their student while designing and creating their work and they should transfer the relevant knowledge necessary to achieve their potential and efficiently use their knowledge and skills. On the other hand, it is important that the student be proactive. The student should be open for mentor’s suggestions, they should listen and understand well, and they should act on mentor’s advice and suggestions as much as they think is in their interest.
The mentor has the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, and to gain new knowledge on trends of newer generations from their student. This is how better and more intense interaction is achieved.
The cooperation of mentorship pairs best functions in an atmosphere of free and open expression, and depending on the alignment of personal sensibilites of mentorshop pairs, they are free to organise their cooperation in way they find mutually suits them.
The most important mentor activities are support - encouraging, teaching/development - giving advice how to gain new knowledge and skills and learning about the attitudes of younger generations from the students, as well as critical reflection - guiding the students to express themselves though critical reflection on the topic the student’s work is addressing.
The characteristics of a good mentor are: Having relevant experience, dedication to a mentoring relationship, interest in their student and desire to help them, active listening and understanding, efficient communication and giving constructive feedback.
Should you have any questions, you may check if they have already been answered on the FAQ page or you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and news regarding the EU can be found on the website of the Delegation of the EU to Serbia.