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RAN launches European Remembrance Day Design Competition

Young people from across the European Union are invited to enter the 2021 Remembrance Day

Design Competition

Students from all around the EU have the opportunity to showcase their talents in a Design Competition for the European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism. The winning design will be used to promote the next Remembrance Day on 11 March 2022.

The purpose of the competition is to open up a conversation about terrorism, and its impact on individuals and communities, in the classroom. To achieve this, RAN is reaching out to schools and teachers with information about the competition, Remembrance Day and the RAN Victims/survivors of Terrorism Working Group.

About Remembrance Day

Organised by the RAN Victims/survivors of Terrorism Working Group, the Remembrance Day takes place every year on 11 March, the day of the 2004 Madrid attacks.

The overall objective of this Remembrance Day is to pay tribute to all European victims/survivors of terrorism, of recent and older attacks, regardless of the extremist ideology that inspired the attack.

Each year on 11 March, Europe shows solidarity with victims/survivors of terrorism as well as unity and resilience against terrorism and violent extremism. The Remembrance Day is organised by the RAN Victims/survivors of Terrorism (previously Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism) Working Group together with the European Commission.

Aim of the competition

The aim of the design competition is threefold. The first goal is practical: the Remembrance Day should have a recognisable identity. Secondly, the competition should open up a conversation about (victims and survivors of) terrorism and through this raise awareness amongst students and teachers of participating schools. The third goal coincides with the main aim of all RAN activities, which is to prevent radicalisation.

Eligibility criteria

Teachers and students from across the EU will be invited to participate. The competition is open to submission by groups, such as classes or schools, involving young people between the age of 15 and 18. Individual submissions will not be included in the competition. RAN has prepared an information package to support teachers’ efforts to inform students about the competition and to discuss issues related to radicalisation and terrorism.

Award criteria

The design should be representative for all victims/survivors of terrorist attacks. Since the Remembrance Day has changing themes, the key subjects that should be portrayed through the design include “victims”, “survivors” and “Europe”. Guiding words are “together”, “empowering and supporting victims”, and “commemoration”.

The design should not offend victims or depict violence.

The designs can be digital or on paper (no larger than DIN A4). They can be computer-generated, painted or drawn.

The winning design will be selected by a jury consisting of RAN Victims/survivors of Terrorism and Youth and Education Working Group leaders as well as representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs.

One design will be chosen to promote the 2022 Remembrance Day. The runners-up will be presented during an exhibition and on social media.

Interested to participate?

  • All designs must be submitted by email no later than 30 November 2021.
  • The winning logo will be officially announced on 11 March 2022 (European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism). The winner will be contacted by RAN.
  • Please note that the competition is only open to group submissions (such as schools or classes). Proposals of participating groups should indicate a responsible point of contact (teacher or tutor).


If you have any questions regarding the competition, please contact RAN staff members Nico Schernbeck and Fenna Canters.

Background information

Click here to download our brochure about the Design Competition. Also, check out our special guide for teachers with workshop materials and lesson goals.

RAN has also produced a series of papers that explore the role of victims/survivors of terrorism in preventing violent extremism. The papers delve into issues such as the impact the testimonies of victims/survivors can have in the classroom and the role they can play in strengthening social cohesion in and amongst communities after a period of violence.

Read more about the role of victims/survivors in preventing radicalisation. To search for more papers, go to the Publications page on the RAN website.


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Brochure - Design competition European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism

Brochure - Teachers’ Guide Workshop Material: Understanding Radicalisation and Terrorism