We had so much fun last year. I thought the EU was boring. I didn't even know what it was. But at the Festival, we did lots of fun things. I loved the smoothie and rapping on the EU.

Cormac, 10 years old

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The Hub's overview

The Hub in Active European Citizenship brings under one roof all the programmes developed thanks to Erasmus+ Jean Monnet funding.

  • 2017-2019: Jean Monnet project - My Big Friendly Guide to the European Union
  • 2021-2024: Jean Monnet Chair in Active European Citizenship - ACTIVEUC
  • 2022-2025: Jean Monnet Teacher Training Grant - Knowing Me - Knowing EU

The vocation of the Hub is to connect all levels of education on topics relating to active European citizenship.

From primary level, through secondary to third level, this Hub will become the centre of collaboration, creativity, teaching, training, and research on the best ways to empower our youngest citizens with the knowledge and skills required to engage on European issues.

Teachers, academics, students, make contact, register for our CPDs, and collaborate with us!

The Hub's activities

Discover our four pillars:

Teaching and learning - Training - Research - Community events

News at the Hub

14 Nov 2023

MEP moments

MEP moments, Making Europe Personal, are events structured according to agonistic deliberation. It articulates a new format of democratic participation where conflicts of opinions are brought back into the democratic debate rather than a search for a rational consensus. The aim is to nurture a diversity of opinions and focus on developing the matching recommendations or suggestions for action. The event which took place on 14 November saw Eoin Drea, senior policy adviser for the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies think tank in Brussels, and Sadhbh O’Neill, Senior policy adviser for Friends of the Earth, presenting their expert opinion arguing either side of the question: ‘can renewable energies fix the climate crisis?’. The rest of the event gave the floor to participants to develop their own pro and anti arguments and then their recommendations after placing themselves on a scale of 0 to 10.
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11 Nov 2023

PASTAI conference

AT the 2023 PASTAI conference, DABtheEU was invited to present the resources available to Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle teachers on teaching about Ireland and the EU as well as European citizenship. The presentation also included our innovative 8 week programme for TY on what it is to be an active European citizen.
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22 Oct 2023

PSAI conference

Philip Muprhy and Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan travelled to Belfast to present their research regarding powerful knowledge and teachers' efficicacy in the teaching of politics and active European citizenship. It was an engaging session with some members of the newly appointed Electoral Commission.
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05 Sep 2023

At the UACES conference in Belfast

The Hub in Active European Citizenship travelled to Queens University Belfast in September for the 53rdAnnual UACES Conference. UACES is the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. With 103 panels and over 300 presentations, the conference was informative and inspiring on various aspects of contemporary European studies. The Hub hosted a workshop on ‘Toolkits for Teaching and Learning European Integration from Childhood to Adulthood‘. Emmanuelle and Trish opened with interactive demonstrations of the BFGtoEU programme for primary students. Philip followed with participative activities from the DABtheEU programme for post-primary students. With scholars from Germany, Netherlands, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Italy attending, the workshop provided great interaction on teaching European politics, and particularly the European Union, in engaging ways.
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