Learning resources

The European Parliament offers different resources to help you bring Europe closer to your students in an interactive way. In this section, you will find active lessons, thematic modules, pedagogical toolkits and audiovisual materials to discuss relevant European topics, generate debate and work with your students in a playful way.

  1. The educational tool 'Europe@school - Active lessons about the European Union' contains seven independent modules, which can be used separately, and a teachers' manual to help you to implement interactive activities in your classroom. The tool aids learning about the EU, its Member States, its history, its values and its impact on our daily lives. It also includes a module on media literacy and disinformation.The material follows a ‘learning by playing’ methodology, with quizzes, role-play games and interactive exercises. It is the ideal tool for students from secondary and vocational schools.

  2. If you are wondering how to connect the teaching of European history to our contemporary world, the House of European History developed educational materials for you and your students. You can explore in your classroom, at home or in other educational settings some major themes that have as much relevance for our lives today as they did for Europeans in the past. If you happen to visit the museum you will also discover on-site resources that explore these themes.

  3. Discover the inspiring stories of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize laureates who devoted themselves to the defence of human rights, democracy and rule of law. Among them is Malala Yousafzai, the 2013 laureate, who was only eleven years old when she started campaigning for the right to education in Pakistan.  Dissidents, political leaders, journalists, lawyers, civil-society activists, writers, minority leaders, peace activists, film-makers are just a few examples of the profiles of these inspiring people.

    Through the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the highest tribute paid by the European Union to human rights work, and its Community, the EU supports and empowers laureates in their efforts to defend their causes. Check the Sakharov's Prize library to discover publications, audiovisual materials, posters and movies to discuss topics connected to human rights with your students.

  4. Brussels hosts the main offices of the Members of the European Parliament. A visit to the Hemicycle (plenary chamber) is a great way to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the world’s largest transnational parliament and find out about its powers and role.The Hemicycle can seat all 705 Members of the European Parliament. During plenary sessions it is used for the European Parliament’s largest and most important debates, providing the setting for many historic votes.

    Download the European Parliament’s multimedia guide and visit the Hemicycle at your own pace.The multimedia guide contains a walk through the heart of the European Parliament, including an introduction from the President of the European Parliament, the hemicycle itself, as well as testimonials from interpreters and ushers.

  5. How does Europe shape your everyday life? Which European initiatives are present in your town, city and region? Check out the role of the EU from an individual’s point of view in these short, easy and explanatory pages!


  6. Learn about the role of the European Parliament on the Union’s institutions and policies. On these Factsheets you will discover more on topics like economy, growth, fundamental rights and EU’s external relations.

  7. Help your students learn about how the EU works with materials produced by various European Union institutions and other government and non-government bodies. Find inspiration for your lessons and discover networking opportunities with other schools and teachers across the EU!