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EU're a star!

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 4:52pm

Cork’s little stars are being challenged to get creative through a European educational programme for primary schools.

Registration for the 2019-2020 Blue Star Programme is now open to primary school pupils around the country. The Blue Star Programme teaches primary school children about Europe through creative activities and projects that complement the national primary curriculum. Each participating class will carry out projects on history, geography, the institutions of the EU, culture and creativity with a European twist.

Primary schools interested in taking part in the Blue Star Programme 2019-2020 can register at bluestarprogramme.ie before 23 September. At the end of the year, schools are required to submit a Blue Star Programme Report outlining how each of the key elements were explored.

Schools are also encouraged to host an event for Europe Day on 9 May such as an art exhibition, parade or food fair. Ryan Levis, manager of the Blue Star Programme, said: “The appreciation of diversity in the classroom is the element of the Blue Star Programme that I'm most proud of. The cultural dynamic of the Irish classroom today is a lovely and vibrant thing.”

Each submission is assessed by the national coordinator. All schools that successfully complete the programme are awarded certificates of achievement signed by the Minister of State for European Affairs and the Executive Director of European Movement Ireland.

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