South West Students meet their MEP and Experience Euroscola!
24 students from eight South West schools were involved in the Euroscola visit to Strasbourg from 11th - 15th March 2014. Here's their report.
They had the extra excitement of meeting Sir Graham Watson, South West MEP, who spent some time discussing EU issues with them, which greatly helped their preparation for Euroscola Day on Friday 14th March.
As a result the visit received some media coverage in the Plymouth Herald with a photograph of the group and Sir Graham at the VIP entrance to the parliament building.
Apart from touring Strasbourg on foot and by boat, the students were involved in a survey of public opinion when they stopped passers-by in the city centre and spoke to them in French, asking them various questions about the EU.
... they questioned people in the street and at the Euroscola Day about Britain's membership of the EU...
When they questioned people in the street and at the Euroscola Day about Britain's membership of the EU, they were slightly taken aback at some of the negative responses, but the group will have overturned the general opinion of British attitude to the EU with their performance on the day - the students from the South West represented 2.5% of the 500 students participating in the Euroscola Day, but by involving themselves enthusiastically in the roles available of president and rapporteur in the six debating groups, presenting the South West group to the audience, in French, and asking questions again in French of the main panel, they actually took up 22% of the overall roles available.
So there was no doubt of their commitment to finding out about the European Union and arming themselves with the knowledge which will allow them to make well-informed decisions and judgements. Those students eligible to vote in the European election for the first time, realised how important it will be for them to vote in May.
Molly Phillips (below) wrote of her experience:
Thank you so much for organising such a fun and packed week, everyone had such a great time and we got to do so much more than I had expected.
Lots of people from other countries have asked to stay in contact and I learnt so many things about European culture in just one day! All of the students from the other schools had a great time as well and we have been messaging each other saying how we miss it already.
I have been looking forward to this for so long and I really was not disappointed at all!