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04-02-2015

Blue Star Programme teachers to be awarded the European Citizen’s Prize in Askeaton on 4 February 2015

Blue Star programme teachers will be presented with the European Citizen’s Prize medal by Sean Kelly MEP on Wednesday 4 February at Askeaton Senior National School, Co. Limerick.  Sean Kelly nominated the Blue Star programme which is now in its fourth year and aims to introduce participants (pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the EU, what it means and how it works.  

The national co-ordinating body for the programme for the next three years is European Movement Ireland. So far, the Programme is managed by European Movement Ireland, and has already involved over 350 schools and 20,000 school children across Ireland. The Blue Star Programme is a joint venture of the Communicating Europe Initiative, supported by the Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs in the Department of the Taoiseach, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.

Blue Star Programme teachers foster better knowledge and understanding of the European Union and how it affects our lives through classroom projects and activities. Teams of pupils of all ages, from primary schools all over Ireland, are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity and Institutions of the EU. Each participating school is required to carry out projects and tasks, incorporating elements that include information about: the foundation and development of the European Union, the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe, what the European Union does and how its work affects the lives of citizens.

The European Citizen's Prize

Every year, the European Parliament awards "The European Citizen's Prize" to citizens or organisations having contributed to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens of the Member States; or to facilitating cross border or transnational cooperation contributing to the strengthening of a European spirit.

Ireland had two winners in 2014. Along with Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, the Blue Star programme teachers, nominated by MEP Sean Kelly, were also among the winners. A representative of both Comhaltas and Blue Star will travel to Brussels to take part in a joint event for all winners on 25-26 February 2015.