Welcome 2021 classes!


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

We are delighted to see that so many of you have enrolled for 2021. Over 250 teachers from 206 schools across 24 counties have registered for BFGTOEU 2021.

As you know, BFGTOEU is an exciting and engaging new programme which get you and your students thinking about the role of Ireland in the European Union. It also aims at developing the students’ critical thinking regarding their role in their community, Ireland and the European Union. Very soon students of all ages realise and debate this club they are a citizen of!

We will have a series of Introduction evenings in the second week of January 2021 to go through the programme per age category. It will be an opportunity to exchange and ask questions.

We are currently updating the programme and adding new activities. Please bear with us as Brexit unfolds and we finalise slides which need some updating. We have also taken into account teachers’ feedback from last year. We will be in touch very soon.

“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.”

This is an example of the plaque you will receive.