Students from 8 South West UK schools experience Euroscola in Strasbourg
Students from several different UK schools of the South-West constituency participated in the Euroscola day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in October 2016.
A group of 24 students from 8 South West schools visited Strasbourg from 10th – 15th October 2016 to take part in the Euroscola Day at the European Parliament, where they discussed a number of current issues concerning the EU and for which they had prepared themselves well in advance through detailed research.
They also had the opportunity to video conference with Clare Moody, one of the 6 South West MEPs, the day before Euroscola, when everyone had the opportunity to ask her a question, which was an excellent preparation for the next day.
The group was introduced to the audience of 500 of their peers representing the 28 member states, by 3 South West students each speaking a different language – French, German and Spanish.
Students were able to ask questions of the panel of experts in the morning and in the afternoon, following discussions among the 500 participants, the group presidents and ‘rapporteurs’ summarised the arguments and their conclusions, as well as responding to questions from the floor.
This is quite a nerve-wracking role for anyone, never mind Year 12 and 13 students who may never have ‘performed’ in public or to such a large audience before, but those watching back home on the web streaming were astonished and delighted to see that 5 out of the 6 ‘rapporteurs’ were from the South West group!!