The “Blue Star” programme is part of the Government’s “Communicating Europe” initiative, whose aim is “to foster better understanding and knowledge among primary school children of the European Union and how the EU affects our lives.”
The invitation to tender for the post of national co-ordinator was published on the Public Procurement web site in October 2011. The European Movement (Ireland) was awarded the contract, and the scheme was subsequently renewed for a further two years. The total cost was €140,000, paid by the Department of the Taoiseach.
The scheme has grown significantly over the period of the contract, from 30 schools in twelve counties in the pilot year to 106 schools in twenty-four counties registered for this year’s programme.
Reports on the first two years are available on the web site of the Department of the Taoiseach.