Students learn when they have to defend their ideas – MEPBSR in Helsinki

mepbsr logoTen students from VRG participated in Model European Parliament in the Baltic Sea Region (MEPBSR) in Helsinki, Finland April 13 – 18.  This program allows students the opportunity to participate in a parliament simulation program.

As representatives of Sweden, these students DSC_7173researched topics, prepared resolutions, debated and lobbied with students representing other countries, and then “worked on the floor” in a full General Assembly to get their resolutions passed.  This exercise requires students to use their knowledge from Social Science class, current events, leadership and communication training, rhetorics, debate, and more . . . In addition, students visited historic sites in Helsinki to learn more about Finland as a member of the EU partnership.

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As a Head of School, I am inspired by this comprehensive program that requires students to pair their theoretical knowledge with practical skills of implementation in various problem solving situations – active learning at it’s best!

Yet,  when I asked the students what was the best part for them, they replied “winning our debates and making new friends.”  Competition and social interaction – gamification at it’s best!

Read more about VRG’s participation in MEP, here:

From Stockholm to Luxembourg with MEP

What can students learn from MEP?

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About kristylundstrom

I currently work as Head at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium in Djursholm. I am a student of learning. I am interested to see where it happens, when it happens, and how it happens. I am also a math and computer science teacher. I have lived in Belgium and in the USA. I really appreciate my multi-cultural environment - I believe it adds dynamics to our school.
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