EU in Schools

Registrations are open!!
Mark the dates: 20 + 21 October 2020

The EU and Europe do not feature prominently in New Zealand media and school curriculum despite its strong impact and influence on this part of the world. The “EU in Schools” project encourages incorporation of EU content into the curriculum by 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.

For more information on upcoming events keep an eye on our Events and Opportunities Page or scroll on to see what happened at past Model EU events. 

With the help of a grant from the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Programme of the European Commission, the EUCN and NCRE are pleased to offer Model EU Training and Simulation events as well as Professional Learning Development Workshops for Teachers across New Zealand.

What is a Model EU event?

The EUCN in partnership with the NCRE and the EU Delegation to New Zealand 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 2 days and culminates in a Plenary Session at the end of the second day when Delegates attempt to accept a new Directive.

Canterbury Model EU 2020

The 2020 Canterbury Model EU will simulate discussions taking place at the European Parliament, the EU’s law-making body and an important forum for political debate and decision-making at EU level. The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are directly elected by voters in all EU Member States to represent people’s interests.  

The 2020 Canterbury Model EU is entitled:
United for Climate Action! Is the EU on track?

The Encyclopædia Britannica defines “climate change” as “periodic modification of Earth’s climate brought about as a result of changes in the atmosphere as well as interactions between the atmosphere and various other geologic, chemical, biological, and geographic factors within the Earth system”.
The planet’s climate has constantly been changing over geological time. But the problem now is that through human interference the planet warms up more rapidly than ever. Burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, increasing livestock farming, etc. increases the amount of greenhouse gases naturally occurring in the atmosphere significantly. This in turn increases the greenhouse effect and leads to global warming. Higher than usual temperatures lead to melting glaciers, spreading deserts, extreme weather events are increasing common and result in great costs to lives and homes.
Because climate change has so many negative consequences, it is an issue of global importance and therefore also of great importance to the EU. The EU has ambitious climate goals, for example, to reduce its greenhouse gases by 30% by 2030, and generate at least 32% of its energy from renewable energy sources. Is the EU on track?
The NCRE invites students now to take on the roles of Members of the European Parliament (MEP) to discuss, revise and pass a draft Directive.
Participating students assume the roles of democratically elected MEP’s of the EU’s Member States to tackle above-mentioned issues. Students will be challenged to develop critical thinking, negotiating skills and to find solutions while respecting others’ opinions. In addition, the multi-national dimension of the event will help students to better understand New Zealand’s diversifying society. 
The Canterbury Model EU will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 20+21 October 2020 and registration fees will be NZ$25 per student. Students can register individually online, or if a group of students of a school attends, through their teacher. 


Register Here




Teacher Professional Development

Parallel to the Model EU for students, UC is offering a one-day Professional Development Workshop providing teachers with EU Studies teaching resources that link into the NZ context and curriculum related to the Model EU theme. The EU and Europe are very broad areas and fit with many topics and subjects across the  curriculum, thus the workshop will be multidisciplinary and facilitated by experienced teacher educators and EU Studies academics. The workshop encourages networking and collaboration with colleagues, and the development of a “network of EU experts in schools”.

The workshop will be split over both Model EU days (2x half days) to allow time for teachers to observe their students, further engage with the material or focus on other tasks. 

There is no registration fee for the Teacher Professional Development Workshop and NCRE can offer up to NZ$350 teacher relief per participant. 

For more information please contact Yvonne Grosch, 


The events in this LINK were organised with the help of the “Model EU in Schools” grant 2014-2017.