Understanding Europe


For the schools that want to learn more about the EU, EYP Belgium offers a crash course about its history and institutions, as well as ways to participate as active citizens.

Understanding Europe is a project by the Schwarzkopf Foundation in cooperation with EYP Belgium. It aims at providing a basic understanding of the European Union and strengthening the political participation of young people in Europe. The four-hour EU Crash Course is meant for pupils of secondary schools across Belgium, from 4th grade onwards. It is offered in English, French or Dutch and can integrate Geography, History or language classes. It includes a quiz, Q&A round, presentations, workshops and debates. Three questions are situated at the core of every course “Why was the EU founded?”,  “Who makes EU laws?”, “What possibilities do I have to take part?”.


The course is structured as follows:

  1. Introductions and Icebreakers.
  2. Europe in 4 corners. The pupils will be asked to think about certain statements and express their thoughts.
  3. Workshops: we offer 3 workshops:
    1. Why was the EU founded?
    2. Who makes EU laws?
    3. What possibilities do I have to take part?
  4. Discussion: The pupils will get the opportunity to ask the trainers questions and to debate about them with the rest of the class.

The pupils learn to understand diverse perspectives on European challenges and European politics and how to form their own opinion. The project is built upon a peer-to-peer approach, which encourages an open discussion and provides the floor to express fears and criticism openly. Our trainers’ team is currently composed of 14 young voluntary trainers, all university students who have received a special training to conduct the EU Crash Course directly in schools.  

If you have any questions related to the Understanding Europe project, please contact the Understanding Europe coordinator Johan Koe via Johan.koe@eyp.be. If you want more information on how to become an Understanding Europe Trainer, click this link.


Do you want more info on how EYP BE works or how you can become a part of our organisation? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.