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Ambassador School Programme

Welcome to the European Parliament Ambassador School (EPAS) Programme: a network of secondary and vocational schools across the European Union raising awareness of European parliamentary democracy and European citizenship values. By taking part in the programme, students will learn about the role of the European Parliament and will get the opportunity to actively engage with their MEPs.  They will learn about European values, their rights as EU citizens and will be encouraged to actively participate in EU democratic processes.  The programme is suitable for TY students.

If you wish to join the EPAS network for 2022-2023, registration will open at the end of August.  For more information please contact Margaret youth-epdublin@europarl.europa.eu

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What’s involved?

There are 4 main criteria which schools must complete in order to the achieve the designation as an EPAS school at the end of the school term.

Designation of Senior and Junior Ambassadors 

As the Senior Ambassador, teachers take care of the educational aspect, mainly organising lessons on European parliamentary democracy based on the learning resources provided by the European Parliament. Junior Ambassadors are selected by their Senior Ambassador for showing enthusiasm and involvement in the programme throughout the year.  They will take special responsibility for the implementation of the programme together with their teacher.

Teaching material

Senior Ambassadors can organise lessons based on a Student Workbook in conjunction with a Teacher's Manual. 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 may also use the interactive educational material provided by the European Parliament on topics such as EU Member States, EU History and Facts, The EU in our daily lives, EU values, Media Literacy.  This material also includes a quiz and an EP role game.

EU Info Point

The EU Info Point is an informationa nd activity area dedicated to Europe and the European institutions and will display brochures and information about the EU, the work of the Parliament and MEPs etc.   The EU info-point can also be web-based, for example a dedicated page on a school website.   

Europe Day event

Europe Day is celebrated each year on 9 May.  Teachers and students organise a Europe Day event on the day itself or in the run-up to it.  Some ideas for an event include:  EU debating competition, Mock European elections, Meet your MEP, European music festival, European food tasting day, EU Quiz.

e-Twinning

eTwinning is the platform hosting the European community for schools and teachers for peer learning, professional development, and most importantly, for doing cross-border projects with their students.   We would encourage schools to eTwin with other EPAS schools in Europe and to facilitate this have a designated eTwinning group for EPAS teachers across the EU.

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Evaluations

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.  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). Junior Ambassadors will receive a special Junior Ambassador Certificate.  All other students completing the programme will receive a Certificate of participation. 

The designation as an Ambasssador school is reviewed annually.   Schools need to reregister in the programme each year.

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CLASSROOM RESOURCES

The interactive educational tool 'Europe at school - Active lessons about the European Union' has been developed as part of the learning resources for the EPAS programme. It contains 7 modules, which can be used separately, on topics such as EU Member States, EU History and Facts, The EU in our daily lives, EU values. It also includes a module on media literacy and disinformation. The tool implements the idea of ‘learning by playing’, with quizzes, role-play games and exercises. It is the ideal tool for students from secondary and vocational schools and comes with a teacher's manual.

More classroom resources can be found on our designated webpage.