Learning EU Citizenship in action

Ready-made teaching packages for secondary schools and workshop modules for tertiary and non-formal education. The rights you have as an EU citizen are relevant when traveling to another country and when you stay at home. Choices made at the EU level affect your daily life and can be influenced. The question is ‘how to do that’? These ready-made teaching materials improve the civic competencies of youth to exercise their EU citizenship rights and to influence choices made at the EU level. Although the EU is in reality not more than ‘five or less handshakes away’, it is experienced as distant. These five teaching packages and the additional workshop modules intend to bridge that distance and to contribute to democratic empowerment of young EU citizens.

Five teaching packages for secondary school students age 14-16/17

The aim of the five teaching packages, is to let students experience how they can exercise their EU citizenship rights and how they can influence EU decision-making.


Each teaching package is centred around one protagonist that encounters a personal problem, dilemma, question or ambition. The protagonist uses the perspective of the secondary school student in his or her daily life and local habitat. The packages consist of a PowerPoint presentation containing two short animated movies and several questions and assignments, accompanied by the teaching instructions. The five teaching packages build slowly up in level of complexity.


The teaching packages are designed to fit the specific needs of your class and are in two ways modularly structured:

Part 1: 30 minutes

Part 2: 45 Minutes

In-depth theory: 15-30 Minutes

Version A: Younger pupils and/or pupils with no prior knowledge about EU citizenship.


Version B: Older pupils and/or pupils who are used to work more self-reliant.

These packages are initiated within the FP-7 financed bEUcitizen project by Utrecht University and designed, produced and tested by Public Cinema. The teaching packages have been tested in classrooms in the Netherlands.

Teaching package 1

Boris and his headphones

Main character: Boris


Topic: Consumer rights


Learning objectives:

Raising awareness of how the EU protects consumer rights.


Making pupils think about rights and duties in combination with EU citizenship.

Teaching package 2

A multimedia centre in our town

Main character: Juan


Topic: (Popular) culture


Learning objectives:

Becoming aware of the possibility of EU funding for civil projects.


Knowing where to look for EU funding opportunities.


Knowing how to cooperate with people with different ideas or stakes.

Teaching package 3

An adventure abroad

Main character: Vanja


Topic: Travel, care and education


Learning objectives:

Learning about the rights for EU citizens that come with travelling abroad.


Learning about the rights for EU citizens that come with education abroad.


Learning about the rights for EU citizens that come with health care abroad.

Teaching package 4

creating your future

Main character: Lucy


Topic: Labour market


Learning objectives:

Understanding what lobbying is and how it works in the EU.


Learning how to promote your own interests.

Teaching package 5

Clean air for all of us

Main character: Nikolas


Topic: Environment


Learning objectives:

Understanding the legislation process.


Understanding how complex issues are dealt with within the EU


Dealing with different interests.


Teaching package 1

Teaching package 2

Teaching package 3

Teaching package 4

Teaching package 5

Advanced workshops

EU Teaching Packages
Investigate, understand, act

Advanced level workshop modules for students in tertiary and non-formal education.


In this document five workshop modules are presented for students in the age of 18-23. The workshops are about getting a grip on the EU, using the EU for problem solving, conceptualizing EU citizenship, thinking about the future of EU citizenship and on how to improve EU citizenship. The modules train a broad set of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Teachers and lecturers can use each of the module individually as a standalone workshop module or use several or all of them as a series.


These workshop modules are developed within the FP-7 financed bEUcitizen project by Zagreb University (workshops 1, 2, 3 and 5) and by Utrecht University (workshop 4).


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