During week 44, students from VRG-Djursholm, VRG-Odenplan and VRS Samskolan participated in Model European Parliament in Brugge, Belgium. This event was a simulation of parliamentary procedures and actions completely prepared and implemented by students.
After an impressive opening in Provincial Hof in Brügge, students worked intensively in committees to research and create resolutions. Issues debated included: security, integration, extremism, future energy sources, and how we will become “global citizens.” After speeches for and against, as well as lively debate, 120 student delegates voted as representatives of 14 European countries. The entire process is held in English.
Svenska delegationen på invigningen MEP BSR i Provincial Hof, Brügge, bestående av
David Nyman, Axel Wernlund, Alexander Zanton, Alexandra Racutanu, Saga Bowallius,
Sara Wikström, Filippa Frykhammar, Calle Reutercrona, Linn Boström
During week 45, 5 more VRG students participated in European Youth Parliament – EYP in Haag. Our students debated and voted as representatives from different European countries.
Last weekend, students from VRG participated in the Swedish EYP simulation program here in Stockholm. Again, researched resolutions were actively debated and then voted on to simulate the actual parliamentary procedures.
During the first week in December another group from VRG will
travel to MEP in Vilnius, Lithuania. More than 150 young people will gather in what is now the capital country of the EU. The organizing school is already welcoming delegates –
What do these experiences mean for our students? Model European Parliament (MEP) and European Youth Parliament (EYP) offer students the chance to research, think about, debate, problem solve, and come to a resolution about “real” problems facing Europe today. All of this work is done in English and in strict and disciplined procedures. Students learn how to speak, how to debate, how to compromise, how to work together, and how to work in and appreciate a democratic process where everyone has an equal say . . .
For us at VRG, we believe our students are future leaders both in Sweden and in Europe – this is one of the ways we prepare our students for the tasks they will face after graduation.
For more information, contact Dan Gustafsson, VRG’s MEP Coordinator