– Active Citizenship & Democracy Programme

About is a free online citizenship & democracy programme for second level students in Ireland. It is a government and EU funded programme and has been in operation since 2001.


How it works

  • Each week for 20 weeks of the academic year students’ logon to
  • They are given access to questions, which are provided to us by various sponsoring organizations.
  • They are directed by hyperlinks to the sponsors’ websites where they research the correct answers.
  • They submit their correct answers to
  • Computer randomly selects weekly winners from all the correct entries.
  • There is at least one winner selected each week.
  • The 25 winners get a free 4-day educational trip to Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.
  • They spend one full day at the European Parliament where they take part in a youth parliament (Euroscola) with students from other EU member states.


Benefits to Students

  • While taking part in the weekly quiz students learn about various organizations, who they are and what they do.
  • Students learn about various important topics e.g. democracy & participation, environment & waste management, sustainability, climate change, health & wellbeing, entrepreneurship, careers, courses, etc.
  • Students will also develop life skills such as preparing for the world of work, teamwork, collaboration and valuable insights into the vocational dimensions of life after school.
  • Students will also learn about career development, leadership skills and the benefits of research.
  • Students have the opportunity to win very valuable educational prizes.
  • Students will have the opportunity to experience how European democracy works.


More Information

Graduate Foundation – November 2012

The Graduate Foundation DocumentFinal08Nov2012

Full information can be found on