Something about the European Union appears in the newspapers almost every day. Whether the issue is rescuing banks, economic policy, immigration, pensions, food security, energy, or whether or not to take action in trouble spots just beyond Europe's borders, as in Ukraine, for example, the European Union has a role to play.
Since the European Union is so relevant to people's daily lives, the European Parliament Information Office in the Netherlands has devised the European Parliament Ambassador Schools (EPAS) educational programme.
This programme is intended to boost young people's awareness of Europe by getting them to learn about Europe in an active way. The programme started up in 2011, and today involves more than 60 secondary schools in the Netherlands. The EPAS programme informs pupils about the European Union and about the European Parliament's democratic decision-making powers in particular. The publication of teaching modules is part of the EPAS programme and is geared towards secondary schools. These teaching modules help pupils and teachers discover the role that the EU plays in their everyday lives. In addition to disseminating knowledge through these teaching modules, participating schools can be certified as European Parliament Ambassador Schools, if they meet the conditions set out in this guide.