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Euroscola 2011 Archive

On the 23rd May 24 students travelled to Strasbourg, accompanied by 3 teachers. The European Studies class won this subsidised trip to participate in Euroscola, a youth parliament for 16-18 year old students. This trip was funded by the European Parliament Office in Ireland after a group of students won the competition to design a webpage for their schools website entitled ‘My European School’.
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The day began with a continental breakfast, dressed in our finest business attire, in our hotel in the centre of Strasbourg at 7.30 am. We then hopped on our coach and travelled to the Parliament where we had the opportunity to take several photographs outside and inside the amazing building. Once we had gone through security we were offered breakfast, continental style again. My they do love their croissants.
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President Buzek addressing EuroMedScola
From 13-14 November, the EuroMedScola Programme played host to 250 students and their teachers from 27 EU member states and 13 Mediterranean countries: Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Morocco, Mauretania, Tunisia and Turkey. Five students from St. Colman's College in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, represented Ireland at the event. The students stepped into the shoes and sat in the seats of MEPs as they participated in the EuroMedScola programme in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The students dealt with issues normally dealt with by the MEPs and, according to EP President Jerzy Buzek, "We can be proud of their responsibility for the future of the Euro-Mediterranean region, which showed these young people to be future political leaders."
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Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny
In March 2011 three Loreto students from Loreto Secondary School in Kilkienny travelled to Dublin Castle to participate in a mock European Council debate. The students, Niamh Tuohy, Niamh Dhondt and Clodagh Phelan, represented Sweden in a debate on the extension of maternity leave within the EU. The girls were chosen as the winners out of 28 other schools and won a trip to Euroscola for themselves and twenty-one of their classmates. "On the day in Strasbourg we were treated to breakfast with our European peers. Shortly afterwards we were taken to the chamber where we were given a brief insight into the European Parliament. One of our students, Niamh Tuohy, then introduced our school and country to the parliament as did representatives of the 26 other member states. Niamh and the English representative were the only people to greet the parliament in a language other than English. These introductions were followed by an insightful question and answer session with members of the parliament. We then ate lunch in the parliament and partook in an activity named Eurogames. In the afternoon we formed discussion groups and later presented our findings to the parliament. Some of the topics of discussion included freedom of information, renewable energies and Europe's future. We were delighted to get the chance to feature prominently in the discussions. After these proposals the finals of the Eurogames took place with one of our students, Meghan O' Keefe, taking first place. A highly enjoyable and unforgettable trip was experienced by us all."
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Pupils from Our Lady of Mercy Beaumont visited the European Parliament offices in Dublin last week to prepare for their trip to Strasbourg to participate in Euroscola on 28th October 2011. Proinsias De Rossa, MEP, addressed the group and gave a very informative talk on the work of an MEP and how the European Parliament operates. We hope the girls enjoy their visit to the European Parliament.
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Meánscoil San Nioclás
Katie Ní Urmholtaigh from Meánscoil San Nioclás, Rinn Ó gCuanach in Waterford won the Design a Bookmark Competition for her school and they travelled to Strasbourg to participate in the Junior Euroscola on 10th June. Posters were produced of the winning design along with the runners-up and are on public display at our offices in Molesworth Street, Dublin.
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Finalists of Meath Co. Council EU Debate 2011
St. Patrick's transition-year students have won this year's EU debate organised by Meath Co. Council Library Service. Close runners-up were O'Carolan College, Nobber, who very keenly contested the debate 'Ireland's future is fully dependent on the EU'. The final took place in the European Food and Veterinary Centre at Grange, Co. Meath on 13th May. The winners will travel to Strasbourg in the autumn to participate in Euroscola at the European Parliament.
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Coláiste Chiaráin
This year's winners of the My Vision for Europe competition, Coláiste Chiaráin, travelled to Strasbourg and participated in Euroscola on 19th May. Their winning clip 'Captain Europe' (watch it on youtube) examined the complexities and implications of EU Member State sterotypes and their Captain Europe delivered his message to all Member States to 'eurofy'. The students were very proud to make their introductory speech in Irish on the day and the trip was a huge success. Well done to all !
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The Graduate.ie winners
The winners of the 2011 Graduate.ie quiz gathered in Dublin today to prepare for their trip to Strasbourg to represent Ireland in the European Parliament's Euroscola programme this Friday. The 24 students took part in the 'Ireland in the EU' quiz to test their knowledge of European affairs before they departed for Strasbourg.
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TY students from St. Patrick's College, Gardiner's Hill, Cork, travelled to Strasbourg on 8th April to participate in Euroscola. Before they went Seán Kelly, MEP, visited the school and gave a very informative talk on Europe and the European Parliament helping the girls to prepare for Euroscola. The girls enjoyed the visit to Strasbourg and particularly their day at the European Parliament representing Ireland at Euroscola.
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Students from Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, attended Euroscola on St. Patrick's Day. The students designed a t-shirt displaying the European Union map and their logo 'United We Stand, Divided We Fall' which they wore on the day. The school also organised a very successful 'Taste of Europe' day at their school with the participation of Marian Harkin, MEP.
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Group with Bulgarian Ambassador
The 24 winners of this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Competition visited the Dáil and Stormont before taking part in the European Parliament's Euroscola in Strasbourg on 11th March 2011. The students represented Counties Antrim, Armagh, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, Roscommon, Tyrone, Waterford and Wexford. The group met the Bulgarian Ambassador, His Excellency Emil Yalnazov, in Dublin before departing for Strasbourg. The Rotary Youth Leadership Competition is an all-Ireland annual event aimed at helping young people prepare for their future careers. The winners are judged solely on their potential as leaders from around 1,800 applicants across Ireland.
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48 young people from Ireland's 32 counties participated in the European Parliament's Euroscola programme in Strasbourg on Thursday, 10 February. The young people, aged between 16 and 18, were the winners of this year's European Studies competition which focused on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. As part of the competition, they had researched this topic and produced a leaflet informing fellow students about the Goals and the progress countries had made in achieving these Goals. The students joined counterparts from the EU's 26 other Member States, debating a range of issues, presenting their opinions and attempting to reach consensus decisions. All agreed that it was a worthwhile and informative visit.
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