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‘Education isn’t the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’ (W.B. Yeats)

We are delighted that you have chosen to register your class with my BFGTOEU. We hope you and your students will enjoy it and have open and engaging discussions.

Please book a day and time slot below so that I can visit your school at the end of the programme and discuss the European Citizenship Award ceremony with the class. Please note that I am not available on Tuesdays and Fridays until the end of December 2019.

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“Remember the EU is worth celebrating”

by Lise Hand, 11 May 2019
Extracts from an article in the Sunday Times Ireland

“Schuman Day didn’t go entirely unmarked in Ireland. On RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime there was a charming item on an EU-themed quiz in Kilmurry national school in Co Cork. Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan, a politics lecturer at University College Cork and author of the educational programme “My Big Friendly Guide to the European Union”, was putting the 3rd and 4th year children through their paces.

The EU, reckoned the pupils, is “fun” and “made for peace”. They learnt about stuff such as the single market and how growth hormones were banned from the food chain.

“They need to figure out for themselves and think critically about what it means to be part of the club,” Schon-Quinlivan said. “This is not at all about selling the European Union to the children; it’s getting them to reflect on what are the advantages and disadvantages of being part of a club, about being a smaller member.”

Chances are that the boys and girls of Kilmurry national school are considerably more clued-in than many of their fellow citizens who are eligible to vote in the European elections at the end of this month.   […]

Every time anyone demands to know, Life of Brian-style, “what has the EU ever done for us?”, they should be presented with its equivalent of the Romans’ contribution to sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, fresh water systems and public health. And, of course, peace.

Then they should be enrolled into a course of “My Big Friendly Guide to the European Union”, whereupon they can give some actual thought to what they like and don’t like about the EU, and what elements of it they want to change or embrace.

Until such a miracle is wrought, the least everyone can do is go and vote on May 24.”

2020 European Citizenship Award ceremony

University College Cork campus shots July 2012. Main Quadrangle.  Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.
University College Cork campus shots July 2012. Main Quadrangle. Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

On 25 March 2020 (TBC), we will organise a unique European Citizenship Award ceremony in University College Cork to reward the students and teachers who will have completed my BFGTOEU programme during the year.

Two students from each class, their parents and class teacher will attend the ceremony. A special plaque will be delivered to each class on the night.

Each class will also be asked to present a sample of their work on Ireland and the European Union. It can be drawings, reading a poem, playing a short video or a piece of music, performing drama… The list is limitless! We would like the students to demonstrate their creativity and thinking outside the box.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend, we would still be delighted to exhibit the work of your students and we will organise for the plaque to be delivered to you.

This is an example of the plaque you will receive on the night of the ceremony.

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