La Maison de l’Europe Le Mans-Sarthe, hereinafter referred to as the House of Europe of Le Mans, also an Europe Direct Information Centre, is an association with no political or religious affiliation. In our day-to-day life, our purpose is to raise awareness and inform the inhabitants of the department of Sarthe about European citizenship and thus contribute to building a Europe of citizens. The House of Europe is a friendly place, ideal for discovering, meeting, experiencing and exchanging on Europe!
The purpose of this House of Europe is to promote an active citizen involvement and to contribute to bringing closer European citizens in order to have a better understanding of other cultures.
The House of Europe is a member of the French Federation of European Houses. We are also an Information point for the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO/DJFW), and we are also a Europe Direct Information Centre, directly certified by the European Commission.
Here is an overview of our main activities:
- Information and documentation for all audiences
As an information centre, we provide our visitors with information on the European Union and its politics but also on other European countries. Our centre has at your disposal a large library, board games and DVDs about Europe.
We organize educational workshops on Europe on a nearly daily basis in schools, leisure centers, twinning committees and social centres. We also organize playing activities (workshops) in our association in order to enable primary and secondary school pupils to discover Europe.
This project makes it possible for secondary school pupils to meet teenagers from other European countries. ESPER enables groups of teenagers to work on a certain country that has been put under the spotlight and to spend several days there. During the school year 2016-2017, we wish to make it possible for French pupils to discover Romania and to meet other Romanian teenagers through the school framework.
- Festive and cultural events
Every year, the association organizes festive moments for the general public. In this way, the Europe Day is celebrated each year at the beginning of May; we organize debates and citizen dialogues, exhibitions within or without our buildings, we take part in festivals etc. Systematically, these actions aim to raise awareness about European values, as well as other European countries the inhabitants of the department of Sarthe.
The House of Europe is a sending structure for the European voluntary Service (EVS). Since October 2016, we have also accommodated young EVS within our association. We inform and encourage the young people to take part in European mobility programmes, such as the Erasmus+ ones, to only name a few. We are also an Information Point for the Franco-German Youth Office. We advise young people on their programmes and we have accomodated young German volunteers since 2015.