Information for Teachers
While the European Youth Parliament Ireland is aimed primarily at young Irish students, we think both teachers and parents will find our activities appealing – as much as from a school’s as from a parents’ perspective.
During sessions, students engage in both academic discussions and social situations, thus broadening their experiences. The same applies to political knowledge and debating skills, which are both fostered within EYP. For all these reasons, many teachers value EYP as a unique opportunity for learning and self-development for young students. EYP wants to promote non-formal learning in the field of political education. Our work is volunteer-based only, and we greatly appreciate and value the support of Second level schools in Ireland.
Participating schools may send one delegation of 2 - 8 students to our Regional Conferences. However, it may be possible to send more or less students. Please contact the Head Organiser for the relevant session for more information. Students must be in either Transition Year or Fifth Year.
While students will be divided into committees, EYP Ireland stresses that the school enters a delegation as a team and so they are expected to cooperate and work well together. It's important that students attempt to communicate effectively, co-operate with others, be open-minded and that they've researched their topic.
Delegates should dress casually for Friday evening but are expected to be dressed formally for Saturday and Sunday. Delegates may wish to bring a change of clothes for Saturday evening's entertainment. School rules apply at all times. Any delegate found with alcohol or drugs in their possession will have them confiscated and will be sent home immediately.
Participation fees for a Regional Conference is €60.00 per student. This covers the costs associated in the running of the conference. EYP is volunteer-run and is not interested in profiting financially from its conferences. It is very important that the fees are paid in advance of conferences as fees accepted in-session will incur an administration fee of €10.00. We accept cash or cheques (made out to "EYP Ireland Ltd.") Participation fees for the National Selection Conference is €75.00 per student. It is important to note that refunds are only available in exceptional circumstances.
It is extremely important that delegates and their parent(s)/guardian(s) have completed and submitted signed consent forms i.e. parental consent & media consent forms. These are available here on the website at the section detailing the relevant session and will also be available for download on registration online. For legal reasons, students will not be able to attend the conference without these completed forms. The forms must be signed by the delegate, a parent/guardian and the teacher in charge of EYP participation in your school.