Ambassador School Programme
The European Parliament Ambassador School Programme for post-primary schools was launched in Ireland in 2015 as a pilot programme. This year 24 schools in Ireland are taking part.
Senior Ambassadors (teachers) take students through the Ambassador School Workbook provided by the European Parliament.
Junior Ambassadors set up an EU Info Point which may be web-based or on school premises.
Junior Ambassadors organise a Europe Day event, for example,
- European music festival
- European food tasting day
- Debate on a European issue
- Meet your MEP
- EU Quiz
- Mock European election
Schools are encouraged to ETwin with other schools in the programme across the EU. An optional activity is to follow the European Parliament on Facebook/Twitter and to post news, blogs etc.
Junior Ambassadors are selected by their teacher for showing enthusiasm and involvement in the programme throughout the year and will receive a special Junior Ambassador Certificate. All other students completing the programme will receive a Certificate of participation.
Teachers will receive training and an Ambassador Handbook that introduces them to the role. The training day is an opportunity to network with other teachers in the programme.
School evaluations are carried out and each successful school will be awarded an EPAS plaque. Successful schools will be invited to an Award Ceremony where they will be presented with their plaque. Schools unable to attend the Ceremony are encouraged to invite an MEP to the school to present the plaque on behalf of the European Parliament (e.g. at their TY Graduation Day).
To register your school and find out more send an email to:
Ambassador School Euroscola Logo Competition
Congratulations to The King's Hospital School, Palmerstown who have won first prize in our Special Ambassador School Euroscola Competition.
The prize is a subsidised trip to Strasbourg to represent Ireland at Euroscola on 12th October 2017, where young people become an MEP for a day.
Check out the highly commended entries below. Well done to everyone!
Schools taking part in 2016-2017
Dublin: Adamstown Community College; Coolmine Community School, Clonsilla; Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole; Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont; St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush and The King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown.
Midlands North West: Ballymahon Vocational School; Carrigallen Vocational School; Mercy College, Sligo; Oaklands Community College, Edenderry; Presentation College Athenry; St. Columba's College, Stranorlar; Patrician High School, Carrickmacross.
South : Christian Brothers College, Cork; Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom; Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick; De la Salle College, Waterford; Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee; Nenagh College, St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe; St. Mary’s College, Arklow.
Call for tenders
The European Parliament is planning to award a public contract for The European Parliament Ambassador School Programme (EPAS) for the academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. Please see our page on Tenders.