The participation of young electorates at the age of 18-24 for the European elections in 2009 was only at 27%. Hence, prior to the European elections 2014 the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe initiated a series of events called „Understanding Europe“. This includes a series of EU Crash Courses which each take four hours and aim at imparting a basic knowledge about European politics to pupils interactively and mobilising first-time voters for the European elections. For every crash course two trainers are sent to schools where they are moderators for discussions and a much broader programme. Since 2014 the EU Crash Courses are sucessfully conducted in Austria by the European Youth Parliament.
The EU Crash Course
During the group work the students will be supported by the trainers all the time. They will have the oppportunities to ask questions outside the day-to-day school routine.
There is no need for any preparation from the teacher’s side and, of course, the EU Crash Course is free.
The Trainer Team
We want to share our knowledge about the EU in an interactive and interesting way. The four hour EU Crash Course should help the students to gain factual and objective knowledge.
During the Crash Course we also show different ways of participating in the EU directly and how young people can make the EU their own.
How To Participate
The EU Crash Course is aimed for high school students from the age of 16. Please keep in mind that the maximum number of participants is 25. Contact the responsible project coordinator at the European Youth Parliament or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.