Year 13 C.O.P.E. students recently represented the United Kingdom at the prestigious Euroscola event hosted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The students had won a competition organised by the European Studies Programme to design a leaflet to promote European year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. One of the three winning entries from schools across Northern Ireland was designed by Joleen Cooper, Rebecca Humphreys and Gillian Scott, Year 13 College pupils.
The three day trip was attended by eight year 13 pupils, accompanied by Mr McCready. Along with the two other winners from Northern Ireland and three schools from the Republic of Ireland, our students attended a full day session at the Parliament in Strasbourg, taking on the role of an M. E. P. and discussing issues of mutual concern to young people across Europe. The Euroscola was attended by over five hundred young people representing the 27 member E.U states and pupils had the opportunity to vote on a range of issues such as climate change, immigration and youth unemployment.
The event was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn about the work of the European Parliament, and to make friends with other young people across Europe.