Ten 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 researched 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.
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: