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What is it for?
The programme is mainly aimed at providing education on Europe and the European Union to school-age children. Sadly, these are topics that too often appear difficult, distant and far-fetched to many Europeans, but we never say no to a good challenge! The project therefore offers insight into topics such as the European institutions, history, economics and culture in an exciting, engaging and young person-friendly way. Our main goal is to equip young Europeans with the knowledge and skills they need to make up their own opinion about Europe and European issues.
Our goal builds on the belief that education and knowledge is a major part of good citizenship. Without sufficient education and insight into an important issue, it is impossible to take a reflected stance when it comes to important topics, such as last year’s Brexit referendum. This lack of civic education has been one of Europe and the European Union’s main problems for years, and is not a UK-specific issue, so improving education on political and contextual issues is a challenge that European countries are in unison… time to change that!
Where did the idea come from?
It is important to note that Europe @ School is not something new, nor is it something exclusive to YEM UK. As a matter of fact, the programme has been run successfully in France for more than fifteen years. Today, JEF France manages a large volunteer network that has managed to maintain and expand what can be regarded one JEF France’s greatest accomplishments. Their success is an accomplishment that YEM UK and other national sections can learn a lot from.