The European Parliament Ambassador Schools Project launched in Malta
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.