Irish schools programme about the EU wins prestigious award
An Irish primary school programme has been awarded the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: Spreading Knowledge about Europe from the European Union. The Blue Star Programme, implemented by European Movement Ireland, allows primary school pupils across the country to learn about the EU through creative activities and projects which complement the national curriculum.
Speaking at the award ceremony in Brussels, Noelle O Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, said: “The Blue Star Programme helps children, their teachers, parents and families to learn about the EU through history, geography, art and music. As well as teaching children about the EU, it shows them that they are part of a European family. This is especially important for the many children with non-Irish backgrounds as it gives them a chance to tell their classmates about the countries they’re from and to have their heritages celebrated.
Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD, said: “By involving teachers, parents, carers and the wider school community in these projects, the Blue Star Programme creates awareness of the EU and how it works that reaches far beyond the school walls. This award is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and energy that goes into making the Programme a success.”
The Blue Star Programme is a venture of the Communicating Europe Initiative, supported by the Office of the Minister of State for European Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and Skills, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland. European Movement Ireland is the National Implementation Body. Since the Programme began in 2011, approximately 90,000 primary school pupils and 1,000 primary schools have taken part, covering all 26 counties.
To view the original article in full, click here.