Educational tool 'Europe@school' for the European Parliament Ambassador School programme

The educational material ‘Europe@school – Active lessons about the European Union’ has been developed to offer schools in the European Parliament Ambassador School Programme an educational tool on European Parliamentary democracy and European citizenship values. It is tailor-made to pupils of 14-18 years old in general and vocational secondary education.

Europe@school’ was created in 2017 for all EU Member States at the request of the European Parliament. It is a tailor-made, ready-to-use, modular educational tool, consistent with the European Parliament Ambassador School Programme. The tool exists in all official languages of the EU and for each country there is a country-specific version

It is provided for free by your national Liaison bureau of the European Parliament.


Modular approach and active methodologies

There are four modules that build on each other’s content but that can also be used separately. As a teacher you are free to select the module(s) which correspond best with your students and their curriculum. Within
each module, teachers can make more choices regarding content, difficulty level and methodology. There is material for 25 hours of lesson as well as activities in class and at school to choose from.
This material has proven to engage pupils and teachers, thanks to its choice of active methodologies. After all, research has shown that experience-based learning is an engaging learning strategy with a
large impact.

Based on educational principles

Europe@school’ has been developed according to a number of strong educational principles. The principles guarantee creative and solid educational material with a real impact:

  • Tailor-made for the target group: ‘Europe@school’ has been developed for students in secondary education and second chance education throughout the European Union. As this is a widespread target group, the choice was made for a modular approach: The teacher choses the assignments that correspond best to the educational needs of his/her pupils.
  • Ready-to-use: The material can be used immediately in the classroom and is user-friendly.
  • Working from experience and based on the educational needs of the target group: During the development of the original material for Belgium, a taskforce of teachers and stakeholders were involved. The material was also tested by the target group.
  • Quality: All educational material made by Ryckevelde vzw carries the Trusty-label. The Trusty-label stands for quality information custom-made for children and young people. It indicates that the information carrier was designed for the level of the target group and that the content has been developed in a simple and didactic manner. 
  • Contemporary: ‘Europe@school’ uses contemporary media 
  • Neutral: The information is offered in a neutral way. It is up to the students to form their own opinion.
  • Creative and motivating: ‘Europe@school’ uses active and modern methodologies that motivate teachers and pupils alike to work on the theme of ‘Europe’ in class and at school.

Europe@school’ incorporates a clear pedagogical approach and growth model for teaching Europe at school, corresponding to the EU Paris Declaration (2015) that calls for strengthening the role of education in promoting citizenship and common EU values: ‘The primary purpose of education is not only to develop knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes and to embed fundamental values, but also to help young people to become active, responsible, open-minded members of society.’