With EU and Swedish elections coming up this year, we are participating in and coordinating multiple activities to help students gain the knowledge needed to be informed and productive members of our democratic society.
Last week, students from VRG participated in EP-Days (EP dagarna) at Nacka Gymnasium. The purpose of EP-dagarna is to make first time voters aware of the EU and how the European Parliament works. The goal is raise voter participation rates.
Students listened to six different European Parliament members. You can listen to those lectures here>>
They also participated in workshops organized by EYP (European Youth Parliament) Sweden. VRGD student, Jonas Tayli, was one of the leaders in this exercise.
Students also heard from Markus Bonekamp, Head of Swedish Information Office, European Parliament. The final speaker, and perhaps the most inspiring of the day, was Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish Minister of European Union Affairs.
The goal of the whole program was to raise awareness about the EU, as well as emphasize the importance of participating in the democratic process by voting on May 25 in the upcoming EU election. The coordinators of EP-days have also launched a social media campaign to keep their message going and to make it “sharable”. #jagharaldrig – translation – #Ihavenever
Additional activities are being organized at VRG to continue the important work of readying students for first time voting: Youth party debate 9/4, Birgitta Ohlsson will speak at VRG to all students 29/4, in-class debates, and more.