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Presentation "How to make an intervention at school to talk about the European Union?" in the framework of the the Europe@myDesk Project.

Presentation "How to make an intervention at school to talk about the European Union?" in the framework of the the Europe@myDesk Project.

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    • [email_address] 200 9
    • 1. What is it?
        • Many people still have a lot of prejudices about the EU. These prejudices are often also taught directly or indirectly to young people and lead either to indifference or to unfounded fears.
        • We want to contribute to explaining the objectives of the European project and to help young people develop their ability to take part in this experience by overcoming these prejudices.
        • We want to promote :
      • The comprehension of European issues ,
      • The interest for other European cultures , languages …
      • The participation of young people in the European adventure
        • We want to contribute to explaining the objectives of the European project and to help young people develop their ability to take part in this experience by overcoming these prejudices.
    • 2. How does it look like?
        • The project is aimed for pupils aged 10 to 19 . We can intervene in history, geography, economics, political, language… classes and we can adapt our intervention to the expectations of the teacher.
        • Our interventions last approximately 1h30
        • The purpose is not to give a lecture about European issues but to organize an exchange, between young people, coming from various countries and backgrounds.
        • We can also organize games , comment a film , make a quiz , etc...
        • For an intervention in a class of around 30 pupils, we build a team of around 3 people :
      • 2 coming from the country and another European
    • 3. How to prepare the team?
          • Distribute the different parts of the intervention among yourselves.
          • Try to adapt your intervention to the level of knowledge of the pupils
          • Insist, at the beginning of the intervention, on the fact that you are not here to make a speech (it’s not a conference) and that you are there primarily to involve them in a two way discussion, to exchange views and to answer their questions.… so they should not hesitate in asking !
          • Think of alternating between what you are saying and the questions you are asking ; try to make them find the answers before giving them yourself.
          • Distribute the goodies and documents at the end of the intervention (especially with younger pupils who might loose their concentration). But don’t hesitate to put some pictures or documents on the board telling them that if they are interested they can come and have a look at the end.
    • 4. How to start the intervention?
        • 1. Presentation
        • 2. Ice breaker : start with a general quiz or by asking them what European Union means to them
        • 3. History
          • Why Europe ? - some History :
          • Why did we start building Europe in the 1950’s ?
          • Since when does the idea of a Union between the European people exist ?
          • The founding fathers (rapidly)
          • What were the main steps in the achievement of the EU ?
        • 4. Discovering Europe :
          • Discover the countries of Europe(show on the map, the flags...)
          • Exchange of thoughts about identity and culture
        • 5. What about EU today ?
        • 6. Conclusion
      • Don’t hesitate to speak about your own experience, in particular if you have traveled or stayed in another country, if you have some stories to tell…
    • 4.1 Presentation
        • Each speaker should present him(her)self , if possible in various languages and then translate it.
        • Mention JEF as the organization you belong to and explain a little bit why you are here.
        • Presentation of the goal of this intervention (in particular the fact that you want to have a dialogue)
      • Don't forget to take some pictures!!
    • 4.2 Ice breaking Quiz What symbols of the EU do you know? (let them answer and think) - Europe day , the 9th of May (1950) : Schuman declaration (explain to them what this date means and why it is symbolic) - European anthem : Ode to Joy, Beethoven (there are no official lyrics, since the EU has more than 20 official languages, in order to respect the European motto) By the way, you can notice, that « euro » takes no « s » on the banknotes - Motto : United in diversity – common values and aspirations of nations but also the respect for diverse cultures and societies. - Flag  : how many stars ? 12, which has nothing to do with the number of states (was the flag of the council of Europe at first, then taken over by the EU in 1986 + explain the signification of the circle + the number 12 = symbolic number, completeness…)
    • 4.2 Ice breaking Quiz Part 2 How many countries are there in the EU ? 27 ! List them on the board while the pupils are stating them, or (ask one of them to) show the countries on the map Where does the word Europe come from ? Europe is the name of an antique divinity. The story tells that Zeus, king of the gods, fell in love with her and transformed himself in a white bull to kidnap her and bring her back to his palace in Greece. That’s how this part of the world was named « Europe ».
    • 4.3 Why Europe? 1 st Part
      • Why did we start building Europe in the 1950’s ?
      • To ensure peace and prosperity after WW2…
      • You should make them understand that peace should not be taken for granted. Indeed, there are still some wars going on in the world today!)
      • There are no winners nor losers in a war : everybody looses
      • 60 M° dead during WW2 + material destructions
      • Who are the « founding fathers of the EU » ? (rapidly).
        • Konrad Adenauer
        • Alcide de Gasperi
        • Robert Schuman
        • Jean Monnet
        • Henri Spaak
        • Altiero Spinelli
          • NB : you could mention that the two parts of the EP building in Brussels are dedicated to Spaak and Spinelli
        • After WW2, it was the 1st attempt of a democratic union of the European people… remember the attempts driven by force (Charlemagne, Napoleon, Hitler etc)
    • 4.3 Why Europe? 2 nd Part What were the main steps in the achievement of the EU ? Recall the main treaties (rapidly) 1951  : Paris Treaty, creation of the ECSC 1954 : failure of the EDC 1957  : Rome Treaty, creation of the EEC 1979 : first direct election of the European Parliament 1992  : Maastricht Treaty, creation of the €; the European citizenship… 1997  : Amsterdam Treaty 2000  : Nice Treaty 2004 : failure of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for the EU 2007 : Lisbon Treaty
    • 4.4 Discover Europe? Discover the countries of Europe Name the countries of the EU, show them on a map, which flag corresponds to which country… Why is Europe enlarging ? Interests of the enlargement in order to ensure peace and prosperity (virtuous cycle). Remember the different enlargements, the necessary criteria to enter the EU Interest to be present on the international scene and part of a market of 500 million people Recall that many former Communist and Fascist states now are part of a democratic Union that respects Human Rights. Recall the principle of solidarity of Europe and what it means Exchange of thoughts about identity and culture What are the cultural differences between countries ? Which one do they know ? Languages, religions, traditions… Where do they come from ? History in most of the cases… Try to discover with them some European countries What do the pupils want to know about this country ? What did the speaker notice when he arrived in this country ? Which European countries have the pupils visited? Can they share some experiences? Where would they like to travel ? Why or why not ? What do they fear or expect ?
    • 4.5 What about the EU today? Part 1 As European citizens, we have specific rights : do you know them ? - vote for local and European elections - Travel, live, work freely in Europe - euro (in the 16 Euro countries of course !) Explain briefly some key benefits – no need to exchange currency when traveling etc ? - In a country outside of the EU, you can be hosted by any EU embassy as if it was the one from your country Speak about general topics of interest : - The EU’s role in the world (e.g. 1st contributor for development aid) - The EU’s investments in your country (cohesion funds…) - The possibilities for young people to live and study abroad : Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius... - What does an MEP do ?
    • 4.5 What about the EU today? Part 2 We also have some duties as citizens A lot still needs to be constructed/deepened in the EU and each one of us can contribute towards this construction. We can intervene by : - Contributing to the good understanding of the European people - To be « a good citizen » also means to be an informed citizen (try to look for information and always verify the information that one gives you) - Become a member of an organization that interests you (ex. As we do in JEF !) - Use your vote ! In particular for the EP elections Other questions : what would be your ideal Europe ?
    • At the end...
        • In the last part of the intervention you should invite them to take advantage of what the EU offers us, as young people
        • Distribution of goodies
          • Flags, pens, maps…
          • Some copies of brochures explaining the different European programs for young people (currently being prepared)
        • Opinion
          • Ask them (or some of them) what they thought about the discussion
          • Ask feedback from teacher
          • Give site, mail & contact details
        • Report
          • Write a report for the European commission. (include the photo!)
      • Thank them for their participation and the teacher for welcoming you ;-) !