Carrickfergus College were one of 29 schools from across Northern Ireland who visited Stormont recently to debate two of the most important issues facing Europe.
Megan Stephenson, Cameron Waite and David Gilmore, all upper sixth Politics students at the College, were taking part in the prestigious annual Mock Council of the European Union, represented Slovenia as they recreated the environment of a real Council of the EU meeting.
In the event, organised by the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and the British Council, they tackled two topical issues: Security in Europe and Youth unemployment. Issues argued included how the EU could deal with recent events in Ukraine and the potential threats posed in the Middle East. Youth unemployment formed the basis of the second debate, focusing on what the EU should do to create more jobs and improve training and skills amongst young people.
College Deputy Head Girl Boy Megan commented “As an A level student studying Government and Politics this was a very enjoyable way of finding out how politics really works.”
All of the students were congratulated for their efforts in creating greater awareness of the European Union and for the overall quality of debate.
“The Mock Council is an excellent initiative which allows students the opportunity to form political opinions, make decisions on matters which affect them directly and learn more about how the European Union works in practice.”
This was the seventh year running that College pupils have taken part in this prestigious event, supporting the international dimension of the College Curriculum which has been recognised by the British Council’s International School Award.