A quiz for the promotion of the European idea
To mark the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Luxembourg launched a major international competition about European integration in which participants were given 200 questions to answer about a variety of European topics over a period of 6 months. The aim of the competition was to improve knowledge among young people of the European Union, its history, institutions, operation, symbols, key figures, countries and territories, as well as Luxembourg’s role in the European integration process.
The competition was developed by the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) in partnership with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Digital Lëtzebuerg, the European Commission Representation in Luxembourg and the European Parliament Information Office in Luxembourg.
A contest with a huge public response
More than 5000 people took part in the quiz, answering a different question about Europe every day over a six-month period — which made it the biggest web competition in Luxembourg in 2015. 22% of the participants were from Luxembourg, and 78% from other countries in Europe. 66% were aged between 16 and 34.
On average, around a thousand people scored the 200 points needed each month to be entered into the monthly prize draw for a chance to win Benelux InterRail passes donated by the Luxembourg railways (CFL), spa breaks donated by MONDORF Domaine Thermal or GoPro cameras donated by Nvision and POST Luxembourg.
Some 300 people scored 1500 points in total, making them eligible for the grand prize draw for a trip to Cape Verde, donated by LuxairTours.300 personnes ont obtenu les 300 points nécessaires à la shareholding du tirage au sort du travel au Cape Verde offert par LuxairTours.
From a quiz to a pedagogical tool
The competition was based on the idea of gamification, a highly effective approach that uses digital gaming techniques for knowledge transfer. This was a great way to share knowledge and to make the CVCE’s resources on European integration accessible to as wide an audience as possible. The CVCE is now planning to adapt the thematic modules in the competition for use in secondary school teaching.
On Wednesday 20 January 2016, Patrick Lamesch from LuxairTours drew the winning ticket in the CVCE Europa Quiz grand prize draw. The lucky winner of the trip to Cape Verde is Madeleine Tost, from Germany. Congratulations!
The Virtual Resoure Centre for Knowledge about Europe (CVCE) is a research infrastructure about European construction. The CVCE has the vocation of being a resource centre for the public, with among others ist large digital library, as well as a research centre about European construction.
(Source: press release by the Virtual Resoure Centre for Knowledge about Europe)