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22-01-2010

St Louis Rathmines travels to Strasbourg

St Louis High School Rathmines  were one of the winning schools who entered the 'A Europe for all' competition organised by the European Studies Office.  Eight students entered the competition and created a pamphlet regarding inequality in our society. They travelled out to Strasbourg on 21 January to participate in the Euroscola programme on 22 January.

During a week in the month of November, eight students from St Louis High School in Rathmines, Dublin, entered the Euroscola competition and created a pamphlet regarding inequality in our society. The eight girls are Beibhinn O'Hara, Aoife Bagnell, Laura Morrin, Hannah Speers, Chrisitna McKeefry, Shauna Lowry, Laura Bracken and Bonnie Shortall. Despite the disadvantage of having just one week to complete it, we produced an informative and well presented pamphlet that allowed the reader to not only comprehend the problems of inequailty, but to witness it through a young person's eyes. It portrayed the main issues of inequailty, for example poverty and homelessness, and gave the reader an ability to gauge a true understanding of what it means to lack basic rights. All students involved thouroughly enjoyed the preparation of this project as it gave us an opportunity to understand the extent of some problems within the EU.
The trip to Strasburg in January was excellent. We got the opportunity to sit in the main chamber of the European Parliament and debate issues with students from many schools all over Europe. It was a wonderful opportunity to make contact with a wide variety of different people and we really enjoyed the whole experience. We would strongly advise students to take part in this competition in future and to become involved in European Studies in school.

Bonnie Shortall (St. Louis High School, Rathmines)

For further information, please contact Marie Quinn at the European Parliament office in Ireland
epdublin@europarl.europa.eu