Ambassador School Programme
The European Parliament Ambassador School Programme is a network of schools across the EU raising awareness of European parliamentary democracy and European citizenship values. The programme is suitable for Transition Year students.
The aim of the programme is to increase awareness of Europe, democracy and political choice among young people across the EU. Ambassador schools do this by organising a Europe Day event, setting up an info point, linking up with schools in other EU countries and completing the EPAS Workbook. Training is provided for teachers and the programme is suitable for Transition Year students. Schools completing the programme are awarded a European Parliament Ambassador School plaque and each student receives an EPAS Certificate. 65 schools across Ireland are taking part this year.
Designation of Senior Ambassadors (teachers) and Junior Ambassadors
Junior Ambassadors are selected by their teacher (Senior Ambassador) 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.
Introductory seminar/training with Senior Ambassadors
Training will be provided on how to teach EU matters based on the European Parliament's teaching material. This is usually held at the beginning of the school year and is also is an opportunity to network with other teachers in the programme and share best practices.
Senior Ambassadors take students through the Ambassador School workbook provided by the European Parliament. There are 6 learning modules in the workbook, covering the History of the EU, How the EU affects your life, Decision-making, Europe without borders, European values and Your voice in Europe.
Senior Ambassadors will receive additional material to help in the delivery of the programme.
EU Info Point
Students set up and maintain an EU Info Point - an information and activity area dedicated to Europe and the European institutions, displaying brochures and information about the EU, the work of the Parliament and the MEPs etc. The EU info-point can also be web-based, for example a dedicated page on a school website.
Europe Day event
Schools organise a Europe Day event on or around 9 May, for example,
- European music festival
- European food tasting day
- Debate on a European issue
- Meet your MEP
- EU Quiz
- Mock European election
Senior Ambassadors are invited to join the EPAS e-Twinning group connecting EPAS teachers across the EU and providing a platform to share, collaborate, develop projects and feel part of a pan-European community.
Schools are also encouraged to share their EPAS activities on a dedicated or school social media account or blog and follow the European Parliament social media accounts (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram).
School evaluations will be carried out and if all the conditions are met, the school may be officially designated a “European Parliament Ambassador School” (EPAS) and certified as such. This includes the award of a plaque that can be displayed in a prominent place on the school premises. The award of the plaque and the designation are reviewed annually. Plaques are presented to successful schools at an annual Awards Ceremony. Schools unable to attend the ceremony are encouraged to invite an MEP to their school to make the presentation on behalf of the European Parliament (e.g. on TY Graduation Day).
If you wish to participate in the EPAS programme or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org