On 28 November, a group of students from Greater Glasgow schools participated in the Euroscola Day in Strasbourg.
The students had the opportunity to learn about European integration experiencing it first hand and to be in the shoes of an MEP for a day. They took the floor in plenary and committee sessions to debate and vote on resolutions on current affairs, while practising their language skills and making friends with fellow students from the 28 EU Member States.
The students debated in multilingual working groups the following topics:
1. Environment and renewable energy.
2. Measures to combat food wastage.
3. The future of Europe.
4. Freedom of information and civic culture.
5. Migration and integration.
6. Youth employment.
This was the 16th Euroscola day held this year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and more than 500 students and teachers attended the event.
The Euroscola Day gives students the opportunity to interact and exchange information in a foreign language (English, French or German) and highlights the importance of cross-cultural cooperation. Furthermore, participants are given the possibility to introduce their school and the region where they come from, which provides greater diversity and enriches the cultural dialogue. Teachers also have the opportunity to meet their colleagues and feedback about their own classroom practices and experiences.
European Parliament set up the Euroscola project in 1989. Each year Euroscola welcomes thousands of students aged between 16 to 18 years old from all 28 European Union Members States to spend a day in Strasbourg and work as Members of the European Parliament. Students experience a day as a MEP, engaging in the EU decision-making through debates in the hemicycle, negotiations with their colleagues, voting and adopting resolutions on topical European issues.