A school trip to Berlin – for many young people, this does no longer just mean sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the famous nightlife of the German capital, but also taking part in a simulation game with planpolitik.
Our simulation games on the EU provide a deeper insight into the workings and functions of central EU institutions. By “becoming” commissioners, MEPs or ministers, the participants experience the political actors’ diverging interests that make reaching agreement so difficult.
The groups of pupils who took part were able to choose from a whole range of topics: development policy, Euro crisis, CO2 regulation, Europe 2020 strategy, European elections, consumer protection policy or Turkey’s accession? Three or seven hours? A simulation of the entire ordinary legislative procedure or just an extract? Less than 15 of more than 30 participants? The offer was flexible and didn’t just win over the teachers and participants.
EuropeDirect in Lüneburg as well as the European Information Centre (EIZ) in Hannover heard of our successful events in Berlin and have since sent our trainers on many trips to the schools of Lower Saxony – from Aurich to Osterode, from Fleestedt to Bramsche, we’ve seen it all.
Over the years, we have run about 250 simulation games in Berlin and across Lower Saxony. We gained a lot of experience and mastered many a challenge. And the series continues, at least in Lower Saxony. At the Representation of the European Commission, the simulation games were discontinued due to internal reasons. We are, of course, hoping for a return of this successful series at the Europäisches Haus.
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Pupils of 15 or over
- Gain knowledge about EU institutions, the ordinary legislative procedure and current question of European politics
- Train negotiation and argumentation skills
Europäisches Informationszentrum (EIZ) Niedersachsen
3 or 7 h
Europäisches Haus Berlin, secondary schools in Niedersachsen
The simulation games run by planpolitik at the European House in Berlin are successful and popular; over the last two years, around 2,000 pupils have taken part. Assuming the roles of EU commissioners, MEPs or Ministers they debate, forge coalitions, and find compromise They take politics into their own hands, so to speak. Thereby, European institutions come to life for them, and complex political areas such as climate protection, development cooperation or consumer politics cease to be abstract concepts. The simulation games are ideally suited to convey European politics in a sophisticated and entertaining way - and the feedback from teachers and pupils alike is extremely positive.
Claudia Guske (German Office of the European Commission, Berlin)
planpolitik’s simulation games on Europe are the big hit at schools in Lower Saxony. And the cooperation will continue in 2011! Thank you for the professional, enriching and good collaboration!
Michael Buckup and Romy Ilsemann (European Information Centre (EIZ), Lower Saxony)