Our first Teaching the teachers event in Melbourne took place on 19 and 20 January 2021 over 2 days and was entitled “Challenges for the European Union Is the Geopolitical Commission the Real Deal?”. The location of the event changed and historically the event took place in the Migration Museum now moving to the Multicultural Centre in Melbourne’s CBD. The event took place under rigid Covid 19 protocols enforced distancing rules, mask wearing and the rest. Nonetheless we were able to effectively conduct the event with excellent results which took place in face to face mode. The event occurred over two days involving an array of speakers. The event was opened by Fabio Spadi, Political Counsellor from the EU delegation (Canberra) who also provided an introduction to the roles of the European Union Institutions.
Despite these difficulties the attendance of our event during school holidays was very strong. We had some 34 teachers attend the event along with 6 external speakers. The event included sessions on EU leadership, climate change, teaching the European Union in the Victorian curriculum. This session was aided by teachers themselves leading the discussion. Despite the difficult conditions it was a very successful event also evidenced by the emails of appreciation in the following days after the event.