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.
The criteria to be fulfilled to achieve Ambassador School status include:
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.
Senior Ambassadors (teachers) 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 and can follow an introductory training organised by the European Parliament. The training day is an opportunity to network with other teachers in 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
Schools are encouraged to E-Twin with other schools in the programme across the EU.
Schools are also encouraged to share their EPAS activities on a dedicated or school social media account or blog and can 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 email@example.com