Part of gaining EPAS accreditation is educating people about the European Parliament and the EU in general. Whether you’re a Senior or Junior Ambassador – or just interested in the EU – we’ve got you covered with a whole load of free, active resources.
The educational tool ‘Europe@school – Active lessons about the European Union’ has been developed to bring the EU into the classroom. It contains 7 modules, which can be used separately, and a teacher guide. The tool aids learning about the EU, its Member States, its history, its values and its impact on our daily lives. 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.
The manual describes the concept of the tool, its modular approach and active methodologies, and its educational principles. It also includes a list of complementary learning resources.
Session 1: Online quiz about the European Union
This quiz has 12 multiple-choice questions. You can play it in the classroom or with the whole school. There is no limit on the number of participants.
Estimated duration: 15 minutes
Session 2: The EU Member States
The aim of this game is to get familiar with the EU’s Member States. Students work in teams to crack the code as fast as possible. This exercise aims to encourage students’ curiosity to find out which countries are actual Members of the EU.
Estimated duration: 40 minutes
Session 3: EU history and facts
This is a question-and-answer card game that contains questions about the EU and its history. This game encourages students to memorise answers to the questions and therefore learn about the EU while playing.
Estimated duration: 40 minutes
Session 4: The EU in our daily lives
This game is dedicated to instances when the students encounter the EU in their daily lives, including some concrete examples of EU legislation. In this elimination game, for each given example, students indicate whether they think it is EU legislation or not.
Estimated duration: 20 minutes
Session 5: EU values
This module begins with a four-of-a-kind game, through which the players can discover the EU’s values and some concrete examples of how they are put into practice. Students are then asked to critically reflect on them with an individual exercise. Finally, they further improve their democratic skills with a class debate, with 16 statements to choose from.
Estimated duration: 30 minutes + 10 minutes per statement
Session 6: European Parliament role-play game
This role-play game puts your students in the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament. For one to two hours, your classroom becomes the European Parliament itself, and your students discuss how they would tackle different current EU topics such as global warming, tobacco rules and an EU army.
Estimated duration: variable, 1-2 hours
Session 7: Media Literacy
This lesson includes an exercise that teaches students how to identify potentially manipulative content and lets them discuss how to avoid falling for it. It consists of a mix of group activities and presentations. It also shares tips based on games on the topic and suggestions for further reading and lists of European fact-checking organisations.
Estimated duration: 1 hour