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Maritime Forum

Blue School conference for teachers in The Netherlands

The Network of EU Blue Schools and the municipality of Den Helder are pleased to invite teachers from the Netherlands to participate in this conference.


Event details

When: Wednesday 22 March 2023, World Water Day

Who: the event is organised by the EU4Ocean partners, led by EMSEA, the municipality of Den Helder, Primary school: Jac P Thijsseschool ( first certified Blue School in Europe), Secondary school: Scholen aan Zee (first secondary Blue School in The Netherlands) and the European Commission, DG MARE.

Places and certification: Maximum 175 teachers. After the completion of the workshop, participants get a certificate of participation.

Language: the event will be mostly conducted in Dutch, although some presentations will be in English

Cost: the event is free of charge, funded by the municipality of Den Helder

Venue: Fort Kijkduin in Den Helder


In 2020 the first EU Blue School, Dr.JAC.P. Thijsse Basisschool, was certified in Den Helder by EuroCommissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius during the European Maritime Days. The collaboration between the Network of EU Blue Schools and the city of Den Helder resulted in the certification of another blue school in Den Helder, Scholen aan Zee. These schools in Den Helder are now the ambassadors of the EU Blue School program. They exhibit how schools can successfully collaborate with the local maritime sector and how teachers can engage their students actively on different ocean projects despite the curriculum restraints.

At the conference, you will learn to champion the concept of project education and open schooling – encouraging the development of local partnerships. The different Seatalks and workshops by ocean experts take you on an ocean journey, both inside the Fort and outside on the beach. You will discover a wealth of useful resources and best practices on marine education for in the classroom to inspire you, and find what connects you and your school to the sea. The different activities will support teachers across all teaching levels (primary and secondary) and disciplines to bring the ocean to their classrooms, whether through science, technology, economy or the another subject.

You can register HERE for the event.