The EU and Europe do not feature prominently in New Zealand media despite its strong impact and influence on this part of the world. The Jean Monnet Project “EU in Schools” therefore encourages to incorporate EU content into the curriculum by encouraging and engaging secondary students and teachers in EU Studies.
The project organises Model EU training and simulations for high school students and Professional Learning Development (PLD) workshops for teachers. The Model EU training and simulation events provide students with practical, hands-on experience of the EU’s processes and challenges. Participants are introduced to the EU, its governance and the event subject through interactive and self-directed learning. Themes are relevant to young people and relate to current developments in the EU.
The EUCN in partnership with the NCRE and the Wellington and Canterbury regional chapters of UN Youth Aotearoa are pleased to offer Model EU Training and Simulation events to high school students across New Zealand. Students assume the roles of ‘Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)’, representing a political party and a Member State (MS) country. Delegates then work with members of their own party and those with similar interests to form a position on the various issues and find the best outcome to dealing with the crisis. Debate takes place in Committee session over 1.5 days and culminates in a Plenary Session at the end of the second day when Delegates attempt to accept a new Directive.
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The Professional Learning Development (PLD) workshops engage secondary teachers, providing them with knowledge, skills and resources to feel competent and confident to include EU-content in the NZ curriculum. Very experienced education facilitators guide teachers through investigation into weaving the EU into New Zealand’s curriculum and assessment, help build practical classroom work plans and resources.
The EU and Europe are very broad areas and fit with many topics and subjects across the curriculum. Following best practise the Teacher PLD workshops use an inquiry-based learning approach which teachers then model to students.
Workshops are normally held along a Model EU Training and Simulation event and will reflect the student events’ topic. The workshop timing will allow teachers to observe their students in action.
Each workshop is limited to 15 participants. Limited teacher funding is available.