How to participate

Read step-by-step how your school can organise its own generations @ school event and enter a competition to win a digital camera or a trip to Brussels for your class! (See conditions below).


  1. Create an account to register for the competition

Registering for the competition only takes a few minutes, and you can do it at any time - even before you have planned your event. Creating an account will allow you to access a wide range of resources that we have prepared to help you organise your generations @ school activity.

  1. Download the resources and organise your generations @ school activity

We have prepared all the resources you need to organise a generations @ school activity, such as tips on how to select senior participants (aged 55 and up), materials to use for discussions and other activities, and lots of inspirational ideas - but please don’t let these limit your imagination!  You can access all this material once you register just by logging in to your account with the username and password you have chosen.

  1. Celebrate your generations @ school activity

We suggest celebrating your generations @ school activity on or around 29 April, the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, but you can do it at any time before 30 June, the submission deadline for the competition.

Don’t forget to take photos or videos of the event! The materials produced (drawings, questionnaires, albums, etc.) will not only be a way of documenting the intergenerational dialogue, but also a means of sharing information with other European schools on what your class has done to take part in the generations @ school competition.

  1. Upload your photos or videos to enter the competition

The final step for entering the generations @ school competition is to log in to your account and upload your photos or videos. Some things to remember:

  • You can upload up to 15 photos maximum, and each one must have a commentary, explaining briefly what is happening (max. 100 words per photo). Images uploaded should be in jpeg, bmp, tif or png format. The maximum size per photo is 5MB. Photos can be changed or comments edited at any time.
  • If you wish to enter with a video, please do not exceed a maximum length of 3 minutes.  Videos should be uploaded to YouTube, and the link provided with your entry. Videos may not be edited or changed once they are submitted.
  • Don’t forget to get written permission from the older and younger people in your group to upload the photos or video. Visit the generations @ school website to find an “Authorization of Use of Image”, which you can adapt to your needs.
  •  Remember: all your audiovisual materials must be uploaded to your account by 30 June 2013!

This is all you have to do to enter the generations @ school competition to win a great prize and help your class continue its inspiring intergenerational work!

Selection criteria

From all of the eligible submissions, three winning schools will be selected by the jury to win a camera. They will make their decision based on:

  • Quality of photos, videos & comments
  • Creativity of the project idea
  • Intensity of the intergenerational interaction
  • Sustainability of the intergenerational project/activity
  • Degree of inspiration for other schools

Discuss what Europe you want and win a trip to Brussels to deliver your messages!

On the occasion of the European Year of Citizens 2013, we invite you and your pupils to focus the intergenerational dialogue in your school on issues that are crucial for the future of Europe. Think about messages that you would like to send to policy makers in Brussels. Upload your intergenerational message on the Europe you want to build on the generations @ school website, alongside the photos or video of your activity. The project with the best message can win a trip to Brussels to deliver that message to the European institutions. Everyone is encouraged to create a message, but please note that only pupils aged 15 and over will be eligible to win the trip to Brussels!

Here’s how to create a message to Europe:

Your group will be judged according to the selection criteria above as well as the quality of the message.

By entering, you have the chance to win a trip sponsored by the European Commission's Visits Centre in Brussels for your class and the senior EU citizens who participated in your generations @ school activity (max. 35 persons). This prize includes the flight/train from the nearest main airport/train station to and from Brussels, one or two hotel nights in Brussels, local travel tickets and some meals. The teacher will be responsible for liaising with the Representation Office of the European Commission in your country in order to arrange the logistical details of the trip.

Additional rules and guidelines

The messages to the European institutions and comments on your generations @ school project may be in any of the 23 European Union official languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish.

Entries must be the original work of the participants, may not have won previous awards, and may not have been published previously.

The submission of an entry (photos and videos uploaded to the website grants the European Commission the right to publish, use, adapt, edit and/or modify the images.

The organisers of the generations @ school competition are not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operations. They reserve the right to remove any potentially offensive entries.

Photos and videos to be uploaded could show:

  • Older and younger people engaged in a debate or doing an activity together;
  • Artwork (drawings, objects, musical and or theatrical performances) produced collaboratively by the pupils and older people;
  • Material illustrating the subjects discussed or lessons learned during the event.
  • The recorded message to European policy makers.

We are looking for intergenerational projects that are creative and that have a clear impact on all the people involved, young and old. A successful event will be one with lots of conversation, learning and laughing, where together younger and older people may even find innovative ideas on creating stronger links between the generations. The best projects are often the ones that are easy to implement and inspiring for others!   

Schools in any EU Member State, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein can take part in the competition.

Submissions can be made either by a class or by a school.

All entries must be submitted by 30 June 2013.

All participating schools/classes will receive a Diploma for their participation.