Europe at School activities aim at raising awareness of European citizenship and encouraging active European citizenship among young people. Based on non-formal education and learning methods, they are carried in the formal school system and in non-formal learning contexts.
JEF sections and partners organise regular actions related to civic education and have developed their own tools and methodology for these actions.
From 2017, JEF Europe wanted to strongly develop “Europe at school” initiatives by supporting its sections and partners in engaging in these kinds of projects and by developing synergies within the network in order to develop common resources and disseminate them.
The “Europe at School – Youth to You” project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (2017-2019), aimed at expanding those practices and at providing voluntary young youth workers with the right set of skills and material to design and perform themselves Europe at School activities directed especially at young people from primary, secondary and Vocational Education and Training (VET) schools. It gathered 6 partners: JEF Europe, JEF France, JEF Germany, JEF Malta, JEF Macedonia and the European Association of Young Educators.
Thanks to this project, a series of three trainings was organised. During these trainings, participants from more than 10 European countries were trained to deliver more innovative Europe at School activities. Participants exchanged good practices, shared information regarding the different opportunities and obstacles in their countries and had the chance reflect upon the existing tools, use their creativity to develop new ones and practice on the spot.
A first training, taking place in Lyon, France, 23-27 May 2018, focused on Primary Schools. A second training, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, 25-29 October 2018, focused on Secondary Education. A third training, taking place in Brussels, Belgium, 13-17 March 2019, focused on Vocational Education and Training (VET).