for secondary school pupils related to the knowledge about the European UnionThe Jean Monnet Chair and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Cracow University of Economics together with The General Jerzy Zietek Silesian School of Management in Katowice since 2005 organize an annual competition for secondary school pupils related to the knowledge about the European Union. The contest is called “It is worth to get to know Europe” and its main aim is to strengthen the knowledge of the European issues among secondary school pupils from Silesian voivodeship.
The competition is not only addressed to secondary school graduates, but also to younger pupils. In the past five editions of the contest the total number of participants amounted to 2650 from 378 secondary schools in the whole Silesian voivodship area.
The competition consists of two stages. In the first part, a team of three pupils gathers up (every school can submit up to three teams) to solve a test together. The questions are related to European matters i.e. the history of the Community, the functioning of European institutions, the EU politics and the stages of Polish integration process with the EU. Ten teams with the best scores move on to the second stage – an oral exam.
The finalists answer five random questions with a higher level of difficulty in front of an expert commission in the field of EU’s integration, law and economy.
The winning team can win a trip to the European Parliament in Brussels sponsored by Parliamentary Office of The European Parliamentarian Mrs. Genowefa Grabowska, who is one of the patrons of the contest. The first place winners receive also precious rewards – personal computers or notebooks. The teams with the second and third place receive also valuable prizes.