Students from Year 10 and Year 11 have once again been applying their skills in spoken and written English. Six students recently took part in the Sevilla Regional Selection Conference of the European Youth Parliament España (EYPE). The aim of the EYPE is to develop students’ understanding of current political and social structures and to increase their knowledge on European institutions. The EYP is one of the largest European platforms for debate, intercultural encounters, political educational work and the exchange of ideas among young people in Europe.
The six students from our school were: Irene Bocarda Reina, Eusebio Martín Díaz, Claudia Meana Iturri y Guillermo Lopez Pérez (Year 10) y Natalia Ponce Ruiz y Rosa María Hernandez Gómez (Year 11). The students worked throughout the weekend in committees. The committees that were set up were set the challenge of finding strategies to deal with issues currently affecting countries in the European Union.
These committees worked on finding answers to questions such as:
- What measures should European states take to ensure support, care and ensure social integration is afforded to those struggling with mental health issues?
- How can the EU involve young people for them to become a part of efforts to prevent conflict, counter violent extremism and build peace?
- How best should the EU address the ongoing violations of human rights while maintaining the cooperation required to tackle the refugee crisis?
The weekend culminated in the committees presenting their findings to other delegates as part of the General Assembly. This final session was a platform of debate and discussion in English and a voting process to pass the motions decided upon by each committee.
Along with the six students taking part as delegates for the weekend, Sofia Rodriguez Pascual (Y12A) was a chairperson, charged with organising and informing the delegates of the EYPE processes and actions. The event itself was organised by Julia Collado Serrano (Y11C) and Blanca Garcia Delgado (Y12A). Both students are now experienced committee members and organisers for the EYPE and can be proud and delighted that their hard work resulted in such a successful weekend.
Of the weekend, Julia Collado said: “After being selected as a member of EYP Spain last year, I had the opportunity of organising the Regional Selection Conference in Seville. This project started last summer when Blanca, Yago and I came up with the idea of continuing with this tradition.
It was incredibly hard since we had to contact all the schools, venues and sponsors for the session. However, we had an amazing team and in the end everything went very well. It was very gratifying to see that the delegates were enthusiastic and we all had amazing time.
EYP has taught me many things in the past two years. It has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and open up to other people’s opinions. EYP has opened my mind to issues that are occurring around me, in Europe and the rest of the world.
But what has meant the most for me during this process has been to be able to provide this opportunity to other students.”
And Natalia, one of our delegates, added: “On the 3rd and 4th of February I was part of the Regional Session of the European Youth Parliament in Spain. I participated in the session as a delegate, and for me it was an unbelievable experience.
Before the session, I didn’t really understand what EYP was but as the session developed I realised I could not be happier for having made the decision to take part. In the session, I learnt how a debate works and, most importantly, I met incredible people and had an amazing time during these two days, which I am sure I will never forget.
Congratulations to all of the students involved!
If you are interested in taking part next year, please speak to Mr. Sellick.