The Office of the European Union Representative
(West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA)

Palestinian Students celebrate the 60th anniversary of Rome Treaties

25/05/2017 - 15:25

The EU and the Ministry of Education awarded today Palestinian students from across the West Bank who participated in the "Know Europe" competition. The competition was organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Rome Treaties. On 25th March the European Union marked 60 years since the signature of the Rome Treaties, the first step towards a united Europe against wars and towards peace.

The European Union was established on the basis that its unity is indispensable to the maintenance of world peace. This vision is at the frontline of the EU’s mission towards promoting values of democracy and freedom across the world as well as Europe. In Palestine, the EU organized, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the "Know Europe" Information Competition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. Around 400 students from six governorates of the West Bank and 54 schools participated in the competition.

"On this occasion, we reaffirm that we will continue to be a strong, cooperative and reliable power. This is an opportunity to remember where the EU came from, and above all how far it has come. Our partners in the world and Palestinians here know what we stand for. We stand for multilateralism, for human rights, for democracy and for international cooperation," said EU Representative Ralph Tarraf on the occasion. "Our message today will be communicated by young Palestinian students: unity and peace guarantee a better future for all of us around the world as well as here in Palestine. In this case, if one wins then we are all winners; simple yet meaningful exercise students demonstrated today," he added.

EU Representative Ralph Tarraf and Minister of Education Dr. Sabri Saidam prized the three winning teams from three different schools in Nablus, East Jerusalem, and Jenin. The team winning the first place was Surra Girls School from Nablus. The competition was based on questions related to the European Union as well as EU Member States.