The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Am­bas­sador Schools Pro­ject launched in Malta

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An in­no­va­tive way of learn­ing is be­ing of­fered through an Am­bas­sador Schools pro­gramme launched by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. The pro­gramme aims to pro­vide sec­ondary school stu­dents with an op­por­tu­nity to learn about demo­cratic pol­i­tics at Euro­pean level.

“It is clear that stu­dents en­joy this”, said Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment Evarist Bar­tolo dur­ing the launch of the pro­gramme at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Of­fice in Malta. “It is a very good ini­tia­tive that in­jects fun and in­ter­est in the learn­ing process when it comes to Euro­pean af­fairs”. The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Am­bas­sador Schools pro­gramme en­ables stu­dents to im­prove their Euro­pean po­lit­i­cal lit­er­acy, to un­der­stand their rights as Euro­pean cit­i­zens, to learn about the po­lit­i­cal al­ter­na­tives on of­fer at Euro­pean level and to see how they can play a part in in­flu­enc­ing the pol­i­tics of the EU.

MEP Therese Co­mo­dini Cachia, a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s Com­mit­tee on Cul­ture and Ed­u­ca­tion, fol­lowed this ini­tia­tive from the ear­li­est dis­cus­sions on its con­cep­tion. “I saw this pro­gramme in action dur­ing school vis­its through­out the pi­lot phase and the stu­dents’ en­gage­ment was ex­cel­lent”, she said. Teach­ers and Heads of Schools were also in­stru­men­tal through their op­pen­ness and en­thu­si­asm to­wards the pro­gramme, she said.

Fol­low­ing some of the stu­dents’ ac­tiv­i­ties, MEP Roberta Met­sola praised the stu­dents’ ef­forts. “I wish I had all this when I was still a stu­dent. At the time, Europe seemed so dis­tant to us and here we are, just over ten years of EU mem­ber­ship. It’s a great way to get to know what Europe means”, she said.

Schools will be of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to join a Euro­pean net­work of Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Am­bas­sador Schools that will al­low them to de­bate and ex­change ideas and ex­per­tise.

In Malta, five schools have been in­volved in the pi­lot phase of the pro­ject over the last year.

The launch opened the way to an in­creased num­ber of schools. It in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions, games, and fun ac­tiv­i­ties by stu­dents around EU-re­lated top­ics.

The schools par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pi­lot phase were St Au­gus­tine Col­lege, St Thomas More – Że­j­tun, Our Lady Im­mac­u­late, San An­ton, and St Michael Foun­da­tion.

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