Published: Fri, 26 September 2014
Sean Kelly MEP has officially nominated teachers of the Blue Star Programme for the prestigious EU Citizen’s Prize.
“Teachers of the Blue Star Programme should be recognised and lauded for creating enthusiasm and awareness amongst primary schoolchildren about Europe. Ireland is Europe and our schoolchildren are using their creativity to learn about Ireland as a European country and about their fellow citizens in other European countries,” the South MEP said.
Blue Star Teachers foster better knowledge and understanding of the European Union and how it affects our lives amongst Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities.
In officially nominating Blue Star Programme teachers, Mr Kelly said: “I have visited dozens of schools across the 10 counties of Ireland South and have seen the enthusiasm, passion and creativity of teachers and pupils, and how much joy and fun the Blue Star Programme brings to the classroom.
Our teachers should be rewarded as a collective with the European Citizen’s Prize Medal for their contribution in creating awareness and interest in Europe amongst our youngest citizens,” added Mr Kelly, the Leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament.
Winners of the 2015 European Citizen’s Prize will be awarded at public ceremonies in the recipients’ Member States after which all laureates will attend a central event in Brussels in February 2015.
Last year, Mr Kelly successfully nominated the GAA who went on to win the EU accolade for the Association’s cross-border peace-building role and inclusivity through sport.
Note to the Editor:
Under the Blue Star Programme, teams of pupils of all ages, from primary schools all over Ireland, are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity, and Institutions of the EU.