Europe Lab Austria
EFF - European Future Forum
Myths about and prejudice against the EU are common. It’s a bureaucratic monster that regulates everything from the curvature of cucumbers to the size of tractor seats, it has no democratic legitimation and its budget is a bottomless pit. These and other myths are frequently reiterated and reinforced. Our idea is to go into schools, to confront pupils with these, to check them for their accuracy and to critically reflect upon the underlying reasons.
Most citizens do not know much about the EU. That is why discussions about Europe are often characterised by prejudices and misunderstandings. To have an informed discussion about the future of the European Union, we need to educate citizens and to clear-up long-standing myths.
We think it is crucial to clear-up some long-standing EU myths and teach pupils to critically reflect upon newspaper articles and statements of politicians concerning the EU. We thereby aim to promote and strengthen the European idea and tackle disillusionment with politics in general.
We will fine-tune our teaching concept and start a pilot-project at a Viennese school. Once the project has been successfully implemented in Austria, we will use the network of our partner organization (the EFF), to extend the project to other European countries together with interested partners. Lectures will be adapted to the pupils age, school curriculum and the time made available by school administrations. If the provided time allows, there will even be a Model European Parliament.
All of us went to school at some time and most of us weren’t taught much about the EU’s functioning, its benefits, or a critical view of its current state. This hasn’t changed in the last years and therefor prejudice against and rejection of the EU is still common.
Our project will be dedicated first and foremost to European pupils from the age of 10 up to 18, but we think that the impact for society can be even greater and influence teachers or parents.