My Big Friendly Guide To The European Union

My Big Friendly Guide to the European Union is an innovative teaching and learning programme. It aims at developing awareness, knowledge and debate at primary school level on the European Union and Ireland’s role within it.

It is children and teacher friendly, allowing the students to learn about but also question the European Union.  It is about empowering the children to make informed decisions to improve the world they live in. Crucially, it fits perfectly into the current Social Personal and Health Education curriculum, particularly when discussing critical thinking, active citizenship and media education.

Since its creation in 2018, BFGTOEU has grown from being a pilot project in County Cork to being the only national educational programme on the EU grounded in a unique collaboration between primary and third level education. In July 2019, 35 teachers took part in our very first CPD course in UCC.  In November 2020, it took part in Cork Discovers, a Europe-wide event connecting researchers and society.

In 2021, we are going national for the first time. We are delighted to see 206 schools across 24 counties joining the discussion!

So let’s spark debate with Seamie Shamrock!

Take a look at the explanatory video to hear what my BFGtoEU is all about!

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Drivetime Europe Day 2019

On 9 May 2019, my BFGtoEU decided to celebrate Europe Day with 100 children from Kilmurry NS. We organised a…

Graduation Day 2019

For the second year in a row, my BFGtoEU was delighted to organise a graduation day on 28 May 2019…

BFGtoEU website launch

On 5 April 2019, MEP Deirdre Clune, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr John Buttimer and UCC President Professor Patrick O’Shea officially…

The Ryan Tubridy Show Radio 1

The day after Ryan Tubridy came to University College Cork to deliver the graduation speech to the very first cohort…

Drivetime 2

In May 2018, the very first graduation ceremony for my BFGtoEU took place. Drivetime was there and took the opportunity…

Drivetime 1

In March 2018, Drivetime from Radio 1 did an item on this pilot programme. It interviewed the developers of this…

Europe Day Quiz 2018

On 9 May 2018, the Kilmurry Independence Museum celebrated Europe Day. The community from Kilmurry and beyond came together to…

Graduation Day 2018

As part of the piloting of my BFG to EU, the participating students were invited to a Graduation Day on…

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