Should Europe be a topic at primary school? We think so, and the best way to teach it is in a playful manner, e.g. by using simulation games and by addressing topics that kids can relate to. The state chancellery of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern agreed and invited us to contribute two simulation games for their EU box (Europakoffer).
Prior to their inclusion in the “Europakoffer”, these games passed the test imposed by 35 primary school classes. Our task then was to prepare the game and its materials in a way that allowed teachers and pupils to play the game without assistance.
We created new guidelines explaining every step of the game and including useful tips for its use in class. Furthermore, the “Europakoffer” contains all materials in class-size editions. When the box was launched, we also ran two training sessions for primary school teachers. The games’ topics were chosen to relate to the kids’ everyday experience: “Healthy Eating” and “Animal Protection.”
Of course, the games are not designed to explain the EU’s institutions in detail but rather to demonstrate that different countries can have different opinions but still work together. The games show that it is worthwhile to meet regularly and find common solutions rather than work against each other.
Until today the games are being regularly played in primary schools across Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. If you are interested in joining them, do not hesitate to contact us.
Facts + Figures
Primary school teachers
- Geography of Europe
- Negotiations between states
State chancellery Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Last week we had the opportunity to witness the impressive display of one of your simulation games being played at Brinckmann Primary School in Schwerin.
Silke Brandes, State Chanecellery Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Department for Europe and international affairs
In the media
Europaportal Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Europakoffer Mecklenburg-Vorpommern für Grundschulen (in German)