Thousands of schools to sing Polish anthem in unison
PR dla Zagranicy
At exactly 11:11 am on Friday, students from more than 24,000 schools in Poland are set to start singing the national anthem as the country gears up for its independence centennial.
Anna Zalewska announces initiatives for schools to mark Poland's independence centenary. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Preschoolers will join the school students in singing the anthem as part of a government initiative called Record for Independence.
Education Minister Anna Zalewska, who will join students in singing the anthem in Pułtusk, north of Warsaw, said: "The dream was for all 27,000 schools to enter" the drive to set a record.
Seventy-five foreign schools catering to the Polish diaspora will also be taking part in the initiative.
Students have been getting involved in independence celebrations in other ways, too, said Piotr Wasilewski, the head of a council for children and youth at the education ministry, with students posing next to their classroom blackboards, which have Kocham Polskę (I love Poland) written on them, and posting photos of this to social media.
Poland celebrates Independence Day on November 11, marking a century since an armistice to end World War I was signed, paving the way for the country to return to the map of Europe after more than 120 years of partitions and foreign rule. (vb)