Glasgow – Virtual outdoor education

The team at the Glasgow City Council’s Blairvadach Outdoor Education Centre in Rhu have produced an online workbook which could help parents and children to learn about outdoor education during lockdown. The centre normally hosts a five day outdoor education residential for pupils from across the city, providing outdoor learning opportunities for young people using … Continue reading Glasgow – Virtual outdoor education

Dusseldorf – Education, support and sport

Dusseldorf is turning to the internet and telephone to education, sport and support. A new hotline for the elderly and other high risk populations is available for getting help and advice. Read more (in German) here. A new e-learning platform provided by the city allows teachers to provide their pupils with learning material and online … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Education, support and sport

Vienna – Education and training for young people

Vienna is investing €17 million to help out the more than 16,000 young people currently without a job. The package includes intra-company vocational training, qualification passports, assistance for catching up the missed time and offers to enter into professions in health, care and IT, dedicated to the young generation.

Dusseldorf – Schools partially reopen

On Thursday 23 April Düsseldorf’s schools opened again for those pupils who are graduating this year. With the help of the city, the schools have adapted to strict hygiene and safety measures and have installed disinfectant dispensers and strict rules of conduct. The other classes will come back gradually after 4 May. More information (in … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Schools partially reopen

Oulu – Online learning quality check

Oulu, in collaboration with OpenDigi, has compiled quality recommendations to follow when offering online education. The city agreed on a set of standards to guarantee quality and clarify the responsibilities of the various parties. It collects a series of rights that address equally students, guardians and educators. Read more here

Nice – Mapping positive impacts

The Côte d’Azur University, together with the city, launched the “Open Map of the Global Pause”, a project collecting positive phenomena that have occurred throughout the world, since the beginning of the crisis. Open Map has already collected more than 355 contributions from all over the world. These include natural phenomena, innovations, art and culture, … Continue reading Nice – Mapping positive impacts

Cardiff – Science at home

Techniquest, Cardiff’s science discovery centre, is hosting online science experiments that can be tried at home. People can bring science to life in their own homes by watching ‘How To’ videos and live demonstrations. The latest videos show how to make your own Lava Lamp or learn how to defy the laws of gravity. Viewers … Continue reading Cardiff – Science at home

Bologna – Activities for children

Bologna’s Institution for Education and Schools (IES) has been offering online educational resources to families with children aged 0-6, to help and keep them entertained, educated and exercised without leaving the house. Since 25 March, the platform has collected a growing list coming directly from the working groups of the municipal nursery and kindergarten, as … Continue reading Bologna – Activities for children

Barcelona – Listen to the kids

The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, is inviting children to send in questions about their experiences during the confinement period. The mayor will reply to the messages in a weekly programme which will be broadcasted online first this Saturday, 11 April. The goal is to give children a louder voice, listen to their concerns and … Continue reading Barcelona – Listen to the kids

Tallinn – Digital help for companies and schools

’10 ways to run your business operations remotely’ – the city of Tallinn gives advice for companies under the restrictions of the corona crisis. Estonia has already digitalised many public services. It is also leading in digital education and offers its tools for free to support other countries. Read more here

Florence – Civic crowdfunding

Florence has joined forces with local stakeholders and active citizenship to launch a crowdfunding initiative. Collected funds will help finance projects in areas such as welfare, education and culture. Four projects have already been selected through the platform. These have financed the purchase of medical equipment for a retirement home, a dedicated food delivery system … Continue reading Florence – Civic crowdfunding

Gdansk – Overview of measures

Throughout the pandemic, Gdansk has taken a number of measures to ensure that all people had access to information and support, not forgetting the most vulnerable members of society, and, among other things, that children’s education can continue with a minimum of disruption. Please find a partial overview of some of the actions that Gdansk … Continue reading Gdansk – Overview of measures

Beşiktaş – New educative channel

The Beşiktaş Academy has started offering online classes launching its new Youtube channel. This initiative from the Beşiktaş Municipality has been helping students prepare for high school and university education and also supporting the personal development of our citizens aged 7-90 through culture and art courses. This service will not only enable students who are … Continue reading Beşiktaş – New educative channel

Cardiff – iPads for school kids

Cardiff Council is providing thousands of digital devices and broadband dongles via the Welsh Government’s Education Technology Project Fund to support children in Cardiff that have been unable to access online learning during school closures caused by COVID-19. The Council has worked closely with schools across the city to deliver the scheme which seeks to … Continue reading Cardiff – iPads for school kids

Espoo – Reallocation for food assistance

The City of Espoo has reassigned employees from places like libraries and early childhood education into efforts to distribute food. One part of the city’s refocused efforts in this area includes the provision of lunch packages distributed once a week to children currently studying at home. Read more here and here

Turin – Collecting free online services

Torino City Love lists a number of free online resources and actions offered by the city’s partners and other businesses from Italy and beyond. The offer includes resources on education, health, connectivity, collaboration solutions, tools to work and/or study remotely, collaboration solutions, and connectivity. Read more here and here (in Italian) for more measures

Glasgow – Science centre at home

As the weeks go on children and adults are looking for ways to stay entertained at home. The Glasgow Science Centre is continuing to share an exciting programme of lessons online.  Each day the team from #GSCAtHome are sharing a video with an experiment or task. This week includes ‘The Monty Hall’ problem, making oboes … Continue reading Glasgow – Science centre at home

Cardiff – Chapter from home

Cardiff’s historic multi-artform venue Chapter presents: ‘Chapter from home’. The initiative offers fun film study, a Young Reporter’s Club, Watch parties, Instagram quizzes and much more, finding new ways to experience the arts. Chapter also organises educational activities with children, for example the ‘News Reporter’s Club’. This initiative empowers them to make their own radio … Continue reading Cardiff – Chapter from home

Katowice – Adapted fees for nurseries

The city will be paying the full amount of the subsidy for non-public nurseries, and asks of them to reduce to a minimum the fixed fees charged to parents. This measure will affect a total of 1,267 places in 31 non-public nurseries. Public nurseries will also be adapting their fees to support parents. Read more … Continue reading Katowice – Adapted fees for nurseries

Nice – Back to school

The mayor of Nice is consulting with the directors of the 154 public schools, parents and parents’ representatives, and with a local scientific council. The consultation aims at finding how to best organise the gradual reopening of schools announced by the government. The city has also created a free tutoring app ‘Prof in the pocket’ … Continue reading Nice – Back to school

Riga – Overview of measures

Riga City Council will grant benefits also to foreign students who have remained in Latvia, who study remotely and who do not have the means to provide basic needs. In other measures, the city is offering counselling services to young people, school children and families; and its call centre for seniors is continuing its operation. … Continue reading Riga – Overview of measures

Milan – Educators shop for the elderly

Milan is providing a personal grocery shopping and delivery service for the elderly thanks to an agreement with food retailers and a charity organisation. Funded by the charity, the program works through a call centre that the elderly can call to place their orders. The orders are prepared and delivered by volunteers. The program serves … Continue reading Milan – Educators shop for the elderly

Madrid – Fun from home

Madrid has launched an online platform ‘Conecta Juventud 2.0’ which now has almost 80,000 participants. The project has more than 40 activities available for young people to carry out from their homes under themes such as art, health, sports, personal care, solidarity, legal advice, science and new technologies. Read more (in Spanish) here. Madrid has … Continue reading Madrid – Fun from home

Cardiff – For its youth

Cardiff has developed a website to support children and young people with emotional and mental health and wellbeing issues in this difficult and challenging time. The city also launched ‘The ‘Diff Diaries’, a platform giving youngsters and children the opportunity to document their activity, thoughts and feelings during the global pandemic by submitting video recordings, … Continue reading Cardiff – For its youth

Warsaw – Digital zoo and forest visits

Warsaw launched several virtual broadcasts showcasing the natural world, serving both educational and recreational purposes. The videos show how employees of the city zoo take care of animals, or teach interesting facts about the animal world. People can also take a digital stroll in Lasy Miejskie, the City Forest of Warsaw, and teach their kids how … Continue reading Warsaw – Digital zoo and forest visits

Tallinn – A personal call from a librarian

The librarians of the Tallinn Central Library are reading books via Skype or phone for children who have to stay at home because of the COVID-19 crisis. A child only needs to choose a book from the library list and call the librarian, who will then read the book for him/her. One session lasts maximum … Continue reading Tallinn – A personal call from a librarian

Leipzig – Museum makes videos for kids

Leipzig’s natural history museum is creating videos for children to replace its exhibition on the deep sea, which was supposed to open at the end of March. A carpet of rubbish swirling above a shipwreck, the installation, and subsequently the videos that the museum is creation, will explore areas such as evolutionary history, biodiversity and … Continue reading Leipzig – Museum makes videos for kids

Zaragoza – Connecting businesses and citizens

Zaragoza has launched a platform for corporate solidarity contributions. The site connects the commitment and resources of private companies with the needs of Zaragoza society in order to face this emergency situation. Five work areas have been set up in which the different companies can lend their help: health, education, entertainment, technology and food. Read … Continue reading Zaragoza – Connecting businesses and citizens

Ljubljana – Expansion of library services

Ljubljana’s city library is offering a postal service for students and high schoolers seeking study material. This is further facilitated by a wide array of online material, including films and documentaries, and an easy remote registration. For children and their parents as activities include listening to or reading fairy tales, taking quizzes, drawing and solving … Continue reading Ljubljana – Expansion of library services

Stuttgart – Art for hope

Stuttgart is helping to keep its youth entertained and hopeful through art. An Easter painting competition for three age brackets below 14, and one over, is being held by the city. Read more (in German) here. The city is also collecting rainbow pictures drawn by children, following the trend of children drawing rainbows and putting … Continue reading Stuttgart – Art for hope

Cardiff – Young carers’ support

Cardiff is supporting young carers who have to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug or alcohol problem. Young carers can reach out through WhatsApp group chats, and they can access daily updates and activities to engage with their relatives at home. These include live video chats, workshops and … Continue reading Cardiff – Young carers’ support

Nice – Dance and music

Nice is supporting its Conservatory in giving effective lessons. The dance department offers courses in fitness, ballet history and anatomy, the creation of a chamber ballet, and the exchange of videos of international ballets. The Music department has created a youtube channel for students on the alert. It also offers video exchanges, daily tutorials and … Continue reading Nice – Dance and music

Dusseldorf – Poems over the phone

The municipal Heinrich-Heine-Institute in Dusseldorf, a museum dedicated to the German poet Heinrich Heine, offers the reading of poems and other texts over the phone during the time it is closed due to the corona regulations. The museum also publishes educational videos, readings and quizzes on Instagram and Facebookto to keep eager Heine fans busy. … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Poems over the phone

Leipzig – Hotline for families

To support families in the current situation, the City of Leipzig has set up a phone hotline, available from 8am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Experienced personnel from the fields of childcare, school social work and youth work answer questions ranging from how to keep children occupied to Corona-related rules affecting families. They also … Continue reading Leipzig – Hotline for families

Amsterdam – Emergency fund

The city of Amsterdam has announced a 50 million emergency fund to take necessary measures during the Corona crisis. With this fund the city can provide things like laptops to children who lack these facilities at home and free parking licenses for health professionals. In the coming weeks more actions will be announced. Read more … Continue reading Amsterdam – Emergency fund

Rome – Libraries against isolation

Rome’s libraries are making their catalogue available online for free with the #cultureathome campaign. People can subscribe for a free membership that will give them access to over 7100 periodicals from 90 countries in 40 different languages, the main national and international newspapers, and widely circulated magazines. Users will also be able to borrow from … Continue reading Rome – Libraries against isolation

Tallinn – Overview of measures

Tallinn has allocated a municipal food supply and 15,000 euro in financial contribution to the NGO Food Bank, it has kept two day-care centres in the city open 24h, the city library is reading books to children via Skype or by phone, and drones are used to give information in Estonian, Russian and English. Download … Continue reading Tallinn – Overview of measures

Nice – Childcare for food workers

Nice is extending the childcare which it has been providing for health workers and other providers of necessary services to include the children of those involved in the food industry. The city already organises daycare for the children of many types essential personnel whom the national education system does not provide any service for. Read … Continue reading Nice – Childcare for food workers

Tel Aviv – Overview of measures

Tel Aviv has compiled a summary of the measures it has taken to tackle the crisis. The comprehensive report includes a range of measures, from contact and community activities with residents to education and social services, to technology and businesses support. The city has also dedicated a section to seizing opportunities and one to looking … Continue reading Tel Aviv – Overview of measures

Dusseldorf – Expanding online cultural offer

Düsseldorf’s cultural institutions are now offering even more services online. These include ‘Singpause’ – a concert taking place annually in the Düsseldorf Philarmonic Hall, where school chidren come together to sing songs which they have learnt during the year – is being held virtually via an online platform. Read (in German) more here. The Municipal … Continue reading Dusseldorf – Expanding online cultural offer

Guimarães – Disinfecting Kindergartens

Guimarães has begun the the disinfection of the kindergartens of the public preschool network, through a specialized company, with a view to reopening next Monday, 1 June. This process started last Monday and runs throughout this week, covering around 50 schools in the municipality, in all school groups. The Ministries of Education and Social Security … Continue reading Guimarães – Disinfecting Kindergartens

Lublin – Measures for foreign residents

Lublin is supporting foreign residents by making practical information available, looking out for underage non-national students, and centralising services. Measures include: A website in English https://lublin.eu/en/and Ukrainian (largest migrant community) https://lublin.eu/ua/ with the latest updates on the situation in Poland and Lubelskie, as well as current regulations or restrictions in force and links to social … Continue reading Lublin – Measures for foreign residents

Zagreb – Financial relief

In Zagreb, where the coronavirus pandemic has been further exacerbated by an earthquake, the city is providing several kinds of financial relief for people and businesses. For retirees the obligation to settle utility bills under the jurisdiction of the City of Zagreb and companies owned by the City of Zagreb is extended by three months … Continue reading Zagreb – Financial relief

Berlin – Support for local businesses and culture

Small businesses and freelancers in Berlin can get grants of up to €5,000 as emergency aid. The package consists a total of €100 million and is aimed at small and micro enterprises with a maximum of five employees, which have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis. This includes creative industries and culture. Since … Continue reading Berlin – Support for local businesses and culture