World Book Day -on the 23rd of April- was originally a Catalan tradition on the day of Sant Jordi (Saint George), people buying roses and also books from stalls and bookshops in most places in Spain now. In addition, it was a 23 of April when Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Garcilaso de la Vega, three of the most important writers in the world, died. That is why the UNESCO named this date "World Book Day"" with the enthusiastic approval of many other countries where it is also celebrated. Germany is an example.
What day could, therefore, be more suitable for the winners of the Literary Contest to be given their awards and prizes and, of course, a rose?
In the photo you see the two German winners of the Literary Competition Marie Bryzgalski (middle) and Danie Klein (right)together with the winner of the Mathematics Competition Luisa Wiechert (left). The aim of the Literary Contest was the creative handling of the question whether they see the EU countries as "brothers in arms, solidarity partners or war heroes" with regard to conflicts around the world, a key issue at the moment, given the problems in Afghanistan. The students have written texts (essays, poems, short stories, etc...) of between 150 and 300 words in English.
The 10 best entries participating in the project schools (two per country) were selected by the Comenius Project team in Spain and can be seen on the project blog www.schoolintegrationengine.blogspot.com/
(written on the Oedeme Gymnasium official website by our Comenius project Coordinator in Lüneburg Ms Antje Frels ).