On the 12th April, 24 Politics & International Relations students attended the Euroscola conference in Strasbourg, France. The conference was attended by close to 600 school students from 22 of the 28 European Union member states. The students spent the morning in the European Parliament’s main chamber learning about the main EU democratic institutions and had the opportunity to ask questions to the Vice President of the European Parliament – Heidi Hautala MEP from Finland. Oakham School students enjoyed meeting other young people from across Europe, then debated various current topics such as migration and the future of Europe, considering the increase of nationalism following recent elections in Austria and Hungary - plus the UK’s exit in 2019.
It was noted how proud many schools were to be at the conference representing their nations for the first time, incredible for Oakham considering that we have attended for 11 years running. Form 6 Politics students Eskarda Matthew Shaw and Jennifer Robinson made speeches in French and Spanish about life in Oakham and Form 7 student Luke Jones asked if the Schengen Area for European free travel is still fit for purpose.
EU Politics course leader James Farrar said – “It’s amazing that the conference was broadcast live to a Europe-wide audience on the European Parliament web tv channel and encouraging that the UK was received as a key European player, despite the UK’s vote to Brexit in June 2016."