Thursday 30 January 2020

 

As the UK gets ready to leave the EU tomorrow, schools from across Northern Ireland are preparing to take on a very different role.

The schools, including Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock (OLSPCK) in east Belfast, will take part in the British Council’s Mock Council of the European Union debate at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday, February 11.

The event, now in its 15th year, will see OLSPCK sixth form pupils – Aleena Joseph, Molly McCory, Francesca Wilson and Aoibh Coogan - represent the European Commission, putting forward two motions on important issues facing Europe; Climate Change and Social Media regulation.

They will be joined by 28 other schools from across Northern Ireland, who will act as the current EU member states – including the United Kingdom.

Jonathan Stewart, Director, British Council Northern Ireland, believes that the annual debate is as relevant as ever. 

He said: “As the UK prepares to leave the EU, this year’s event is as relevant today as it was 15 years ago. It puts students at the heart of the negotiating table in the EU’s main decision making body. The event provides an ideal forum to allow students to engage in political debates and negotiations where reaching consensus is the order of the day. The topics under discussion such as social media and the climate crisis are important not just for the EU but globally. 

“Students will get an opportunity to find out about the workings of the EU through participating in the event and the complexities of decision making in the EU and role of member states. 

"I look forward to seeing our students take on their Ministerial roles at this year’s timely event.”

The Mock Council of the European Union will take place at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday, February 11. For more information visit http://nireland.britishcouncil.org, on Twitter: @BCouncil_NI or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/britishcouncilnorthernireland

Notes to Editor

For further information please contact: 

Claire McAuley, Communications Manager: T +44 (0) 28 9019 2224 | M +44 (0) 7856524504 Claire.McAuley@britishcouncil.org Twitter: @BCouncil_NI, Facebook – www.facebook.com/britishcouncilnorthernireland 

Caption: Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Pupils (from left) Aleena Joseph, Molly McCory and Francesca Wilson are preparing to take part in the British Council’s Mock Council of the European Union debate. The event comes as the UK prepares to leave the EU tomorrow (Friday, January 31) and will see them take on the role of the European Commission - putting forward two motions on important issues facing Europe; Climate Change and Social Media regulation. They will be joined by 28 other schools from across Northern Ireland at the debate on Tuesday, 11 February at Belfast City Hall. For more information visit http://nireland.britishcouncil.org, on Twitter: BCouncil_NI or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/britishcouncilnorthernireland

 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.  For more information, please visit: http://nireland.britishcouncil.org

 

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