The EU and New Zealand have a number of common goals. Both support democracy, the rul of law and human rights as well as shared interest in global challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and preserving the environment. Both have committed to working closely together with the aim of promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. The EU is also New Zealand's third larget trading partner after China and Australia.
The EUCN EU in Schools programme is designed to learn more about the European Union (EU) and its relevance to New Zealand, discover how the Eu fits into the NZ Curriculum and to make the global nature of the world relevant to NZ students. The following events will be held annually over the next three years:
Professional Development Workshops for NZ Secondary Teachers will guide teachers through investigations into weaving the EU into their curriculum and assessment, as well as help in building personal classroom work plans.
The Model EU Training and Simulation Events will serve to educate Senior High School Students on the workings of the European Parliament, and to highlight the issues discussed at Parliamentary level.
European Studies Summer School for Secondary School Teachers in Australia and New Zealand will engage with diverse expert speakers on topics that complement the secondary school curriculum.
Resources provided are and have been developed and administrated by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) at the University of Canterbury, the EUCN and in conjunction with the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. The programme has been supported by the Jean Monnet EU in Schools Inititative by funding from the European Commission, the EUCN and the NCRE.