Government launch Blue Star Programme for Primary Schools

The recent launch of a new pilot programme for primary schools which focuses on the EU, called the Blue Star Programme, has been warmly welcomed by Deputy Frank Feighan.

The recent launch of a new pilot programme for primary schools which focuses on the EU, called the Blue Star Programme, has been warmly welcomed by Deputy Frank Feighan.

The idea of the Programme is simple, to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects our lives amongst Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities.

The Blue Star Programme will introduce participants - pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community to the EU, what it means and how it works. Primary Schools all over Ireland will be challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to the History, Geography, Culture and Institutions of the EU.

Deputy Feighan said “I very much welcome this imaginative and timely initiative. Over the past 40 years, our membership of the European Union has helped to transform Irish life and at the same time has allowed Ireland to play an active and constructive role on the wider European stage. The EU remains central to our economic and social development and it is vital that our citizens understand how the European Union works and how it can guarantee our freedoms and prosperity in the future.”

All participating primary schools will be provided with a resource pack and resource materials such as wall-charts and EU country guides which give tips on what kind of projects the pupils could undertake and help the teacher in how best to facilitate the pupils. At the end of the school year all successful schools will be awarded an EU flag and a Blue Star.

Primary schools across Ireland are invited to take part in the Pilot Year of this exciting new project, further information available via www.europeanmovement.ie or bluestar@europeanmovement.ie.