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European Parliament Ambassador for Schools Programme

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E P Ambassador School Programme The European Parliament Ambassador School Programme (EPAS) is a network of schools across the EU raising awareness of European parliamentary democracy and European citizenship values. The programme is suitable for Transition Year students. Senior Ambassadors (teachers) take students through the Ambassador School workbook provided by the European Parliament.

Junior Ambassadors set up an EU Info Point which may be web-based or on school premises.

Junior Ambassadors organise a Europe Day event, for example,

· European music festival

· European food tasting day (A Celebration of Europe Day, 9th May)

· Debate on a European issues (Climate Crisis, Banning single use plastics, Brexit etc.)

· Meet your MEP (Discuss Erasmus, free-travel for 18 year olds within the EU)

· EU Quiz, Euroscola Competitions (European Languages, Business, History, Geography etc.)

· Mock European election, My future Path, Toporopa, Survey of nationalities

Schools are encouraged to E-Twin with other schools in the programme across the EU. An optional activity is to follow the European Parliament on Facebook/Twitter and to post news, blogs etc.

Junior Ambassadors are selected by their teacher for showing enthusiasm and involvement in the programme throughout the year and receive a Junior Ambassador Certificate. All other students completing the programme receive a Certificate of Participation.

Teachers receive training and an EPAS Handbook that introduces them to the role. The training day is an opportunity to network with other teachers in the programme.

School evaluations are carried out and each successful school is awarded an EPAS plaque at the EPAS Awards Day. Schools unable to attend are encouraged to invite an MEP to the school to present the plaque on behalf of the European Parliament (e.g. at their TY Graduation Day).

See attached file with latest news and upcoming events in this programme.

EPAS Newsletter 1.1.docx

25 2020
Incoming First Year Assessment
26 2020
Catholic Schools Week
27 2020
Baker College Argentina visit
27 2020
Minding My Health Day
27 2020
Senior hockey Vs Wolstans at home – 12 – 2pm
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Sallins Rd,
Naas West,
Co. Kildare,

045 879 634

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