On 15th of October 2019, the European Security and Defence College hosted the launch meeting of the European Military Secondary Schools Forum (EUMSSF), a project inspired by the successful European initiative for the exchange of young officers inspired by Erasmus (“military Erasmus”). Undertaken by the European Union Member States on a voluntary basis, this ambitious initiative aims at creating and including in their curricula modules on EU history, EU core values, Lisbon Treaty, CSDP, sharing best practices, the exchanges between military school’s pupils as well as their teachers and instructors. In line with the European Parliament resolution of 12 April 2016 and the Council Recommendation of 22 May 2018, the EUMSS Forum promotes the sharing of common European values from an early age and fosters a European dimension of teaching. Under the aegis of the European Security and Defence College, eight member States undertook to implement the initiative, driven by the key idea that Teaching and explaining “Europe” at school is crucial for developing a European identity early. Schools can enhance critical awareness of “Europe” and turn young Europeans into informed European citizens engaged in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU. They can foster a sense of belonging to the European Union in ways that do not indoctrinate but inspire cooperation. The Military Secondary Schools are institutions promoting Excellency in their countries. The average high level of their pupils, their relevant flexibility to add more items in their curricula and their boarding facilities make them a unique platform to implement successfully such an initiative being the pioneers with the view to have a spill over effect to the secondary education of the EU as a whole. The Forum elected the ESDC Military training manager Lt. Col. Symeon Zambas as its chairperson for the next 2 years.
 European Parliament resolution of 12 April 2016 on Learning EU at school (2015/2138(INI))
 Council Recommendation of 22 May 2018 on promoting common values, inclusive education, and the European dimension of teaching (2018/C 195/01).
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