Canterbury Model EU and Professional Teacher Development Workshop

  • Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020 to Wednesday, 21 October 2020
  • Time: 09:00AM to 05:00PM
  • Location: University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus, Clyde Rd.
  • Ticket: Paid

The Model EU is an educational event for high school students that simulates discussions taking place at the European Parliament, the EU’s law-making body and an important forum for political debate and decision-making in the European Union (EU). The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are directly elected by voters in EU Member States to represent voter’s best interests.

The 2020 Model EU theme is United for Climate Action! Is the EU on track?

Climate change is an issue of global importance and therefore also of great relevance to the EU, which has set ambitious goals[1], such as a reduction of its greenhouse gases by 30% by 2030, and to generate at least 32% of its energy from renewable energy sources. Is the EU on track? Should there be a call for action to other countries? 

We invite students to take on the roles of MEPs to discuss, revise and pass a draft Directive. Students will be challenged to develop critical thinking, negotiating skills, and to find solutions while respecting others’ opinions. Participants will be supported by UC academic staff and selected students, which means they are also given the opportunity to sample tertiary life.

How to attend

Registration fees are NZ$25 per student. Students can register individually online  by visiting or as a school group via their teacher (please contact us for a registration form). Mobility subsidies are available to students outside the greater Christchurch area.

Teacher Professional Development Workshop

The 8-hour professional development workshop provides secondary teachers with EU Studies resources that link to the New Zealand context and curriculum, and are related to the Model EU theme. The EU and Europe are very broad areas and fit with many topics and subjects across the curriculum, thus the workshop will be multidisciplinary and facilitated by experienced teacher educators and EU Studies academics.The workshop will be split over two half days on the 20th and 21st to allow teachers to observe their students, engage with other teachers or focus on other tasks. There is no registration fee for the Teacher workshop and up to NZ$350 teacher relief per participant can be available to schools.

Covid-19 Alert Levels & Precautions

We are monitoring the situation and have the following precautions in place: the Model EU event is limited to maximum 100 secondary students and sufficiently large venues will be utilised to allow for physical distancing. Hand sanitising stations will be conveniently available.  Should Canterbury be in Covid-19 Alert Level 2, we would encourage participants to wear suitable face coverings and will have one mask per participant available. The event will be cancelled or postponed should Canterbury be in Covid-19 Alert Level 3.


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