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10 April, 2008

Study trips for teachers: Brussels, New York, Washington

Our colleague Millicent Scott, Development Officer of the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) has just returned from a study trip to Brussels to visit the Institutions of the European Union organised by The European-Atlantic Movement (TEAM), an Independent Educational Foundation.

TEAM aims to promote understanding and discussion of European and World affairs through Seminars, Sixth-Form Conferences and Study Tours for students, educators and other interested adults.

Millicent was in a group of 25 teachers - history, French, politics, law and citizenship - who visited the most significant institutions of the EU, including the European Parliament and th Commission. They had presentations from the Director of the Council of Europe, from the Institute for European Environmental Policy and from the Estonian permanent representation to the EU.

The US study trips to Washington DC and New York include the United Nations, the US Congress, Supreme Court, and State Department. The US tour is designed for sixth form teachers and includes a visit to the US Education Department and a Senior High School.

TEAM offers its services without charge (apart from an annual membership fee of £10) and, through sponsorship from the Financial Times, is able to provide financial support for teachers, lecturers and students. Other bodies including the European Parliament, NATO and the UK Embassy of the USA provide financial support for teachers for certain study tours.


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