Generazione EU Project
Bocconi – as part of the activities for its Chair in European Studies funded by the Boroli Foundation – and La Repubblica – through its Repubblica@scuola platform – have recently launched a project for Italian high schools.
The project, GenerazioneEU, offers dissemination and engagement activities on the topics of Europe and what it means to be a European citizen. It involves collaboration with the European Commission's Representation in Italy and the European Parliament Office in Italy.
Activities began on 11 December 2020 with an online kickoff event. Participants included Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University, Maurizio Molinari, Editor in Chief of La Repubblica and Gianmario Verona, Rector of Bocconi University, as well talented young influencers Sofia Bonicalza, Elasi, Virginia Stagni and Alberto Naska.
Throughout the school year, students in the GenerazioneEU project can participate in video classes and a writing contest on important European issues. The top submissions to the contest will be announced in May 2021.
First stage: Lectures on Europe and Introduction to Debate
An introduction to debate and 3 lectures on Europe held by Bocconi faculty:
- Are We Truly Building a Next Generation-Proof Europe?, Carlo Altomonte,
- United States and Europe: Dream or nightmare?, Eleanor Spaventa,
- Yes to Migrants, No to migrants, Maybe to Migrants: How Europe manages migration flows, Gianmarco Ottaviano
Second stage: Debate Training Course
3 3-hour training sessions on debate, the rules, timeframes and strategies, dedicated to teams of 3 or up to 4-5 high school students, accompanied by a teacher.
Third stage: Debate Tournament
Team debate tournament, divided into 3 rounds:
- first round — Prepared topic
"This Assembly believes that the EU should have a common foreign policy to counter its growing geopolitical marginality"
- second round — Impromptu topic
- third round — Prepared topic, opposing position compared to the 1st round