EUlection Play: EU workshops


The 267 Portuguese high school students who participated in 11 EU workshops were given a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge about European institutions. These sessions weren’t just about theory; they were designed to be interactive, fostering discussions that connected the dots between the workings of entities like the European Parliament and the Council of Europe and the students’ own lives. By contextualizing these institutions within the framework of everyday experiences, the workshops aimed to make EU politics more relatable and accessible to the students.

One of the key objectives of these workshops was to empower the students to actively participate in democracy. With the European Elections on the horizon, the workshops highlighted the significance of civic engagement and how each student could play a meaningful role in shaping the future of the EU. By demystifying the electoral process and showcasing the available for young people to contribute, the workshops sought to give a sense of agency and responsibility among the participants.

The synergy between these workshops and the ElectionVille board game events further enhanced the students’ understanding and engagement with EU politics. Through hands-on activities like the board game, which simulated the complexities of electoral politics in a fun and accessible manner, students were able to grasp concepts more effectively and internalize the importance of their involvement in the democratic process.

Ultimately, the impact of these initiatives extended beyond mere knowledge acquisition. By encouraging critical thinking, fostering a sense of civic duty, and demonstrating the tangible ways in which individuals can effect change, the workshops and accompanying activities have contributed to the development of informed and proactive citizens. In an era marked by growing political apathy and disillusionment, initiatives like these play a crucial role in nurturing a new generation of Europeans who are not only aware of their rights and responsibilities but also actively engaged in shaping the future of their continent.

We implemented the workshops in:

  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves (25.10.2023., 2 workshops)
  • Agrupamento de Escolas de Azambuja (10.10.2023., 12.10.2023., 13.10.2023.)
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Aquilino Ribeiro (27.10.2023.)
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Poeta António Aleixo (22.05.2023., 2 workshops)
  • Prof. D. Francisco Gomes de Avelar (01.06.2023.)
  • Escola Secundaria Pinheiro Erosa (05.2023.)
  • Escola Professional D. Afonso Henriques (19.05.2023)

The EulectionPlay project is funded by EACEA – European Executive Agency for Education and Culture and is currently being implemented by CRPE (Romania), The Teacher Lab (Romania), Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria), ADEL (Slovakia) and DYPALL Network.

Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.



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