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Euroscola offers an immersive experience in the Chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, allowing secondary school students to learn about European integration by experiencing it first-hand.

Students aged 16 to 18 from across the EU become an MEP for a day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. They debate, negotiate, amend, vote and adopt resolutions on real European issues.

Twelve Irish groups take part each year by participating in competitions organised by the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland. Competition winners (24 students and two teachers) receive a subsidy towards the cost of travelling to Strasbourg. In order to take an active part students prepare in advance and come to Strasbourg already acquainted with the issues up for discussion.   Students take the floor in plenary and committee sessions to debate and vote on resolutions on current affairs, all the while practising their language skills and making friends with fellow students from across Europe.

Teachers also have the opportunity to meet their colleagues and exchange feedback about their own classroom practices & experiences.

If you wish to be notified of future competitions please send an email to youth-epdublin@ep.europa.eu

We organise an annual competition open to all post-primary schools.  We also run competitions in conjunction with the following organisations:

European Model Council Schools Debate at Dublin Castle
Rotary Youth Leadership Development Programme
Michael Sweetman Educational Trust
Graduate.ie Students Competition
Gaisce The President's Award
 
 

Our 2019 Euroscola Video Clip Competition

We are delighted to announce the winners of our Euroscola 2019 video clip competition.

Open to schools across Ireland, we had lots of entries and were impressed by the skill, creativity and thought that went into their production.

Each entrant had to produce a one-minute video clip on the topic “Europe protecting our environment”.

The prize for the three winning schools (one from each constituency) plus the runners-up is a subsidised trip to participate in Euroscola in Strasbourg in early 2020.

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Dublin Constituency

Winners: The Kings Hospital School, Palmerstown, Dublin
Runners-up: St Josephs Secondary School, Rush, Co. Dublin
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Midlands-North-West Constituency

Winners: Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare
Runners-up: Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
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South Constituency

Winners: Mount Mercy College, Bishopstown, Cork
Runners-up: St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

We would like to thank everyone for taking part and congratulations to all the winners.

The following entries were highly commended by the judges:

Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School, Hansfield, Dublin
Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Newtown School, Waterford
Presentation College, Headford, Co. Galway
St. Oliver's Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth
St. Mary's Secondary School, Ballina, Co. Mayo
St. Joseph's Secondary School CBS, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
 
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The competition:  Europe protecting our environment

The Topic

The European Parliament has approved plans to ban single-use plastic products from the EU market in 2021. Keeping this in mind, what else would you like the European Parliament to propose in order to tackle climate change, protect the ecosphere and safeguard our biodiversity. Do you have an innovative idea, big or small, that will bring us a step closer to reducing the global average temperature? Is there a practical or creative initiative that you feel can benefit the environment in a sustainable way? 

So if you’re a big fan of renewable energy, or you’re an environmental ninja who leaves no footprint, we would love for you to share your ideas with us in a one-minute video clip ! 

Getting started

We encourage teachers to act as facilitators for their students.  The main purpose of the competition is to get students thinking about Europe and the environment and what the European Parliament can do.  The project can be an individual or team effort but we can only accept one entry per school.  The clip should be maximum one minute long.

Closing date: Friday, 15th November (5:00pm)

Judging

Although judges will consider production quality, it will not be a deciding factor so video clips may be made using a mobile device.  The judges’ decision will be final.  Equal marks will be awarded for:

  • creativity
  • production quality
  • clarity of ideas
  • originality                                 

Please note

By submitting your entry you give consent to the European Parliament to use your video clip, copyright free, on its website, in its publications and on its social media platforms. The European Parliament will not share your contact details with any third party.

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Please note: video clips cannot be considered if they contain music or images which might be subject to copyright!

 
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