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Joyce (18) wins place on EU trip

Published 16/01/2014 | 05:26

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A MALLOW teenager is among a select group of 24 Leaving Cert Applied students from across the country to win a place on a prestigious fact finding trip to the EU in Strasbourg.

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A MALLOW teenager is among a select group of 24 Leaving Cert Applied students from across the country to win a place on a prestigious fact finding trip to the EU in Strasbourg.

Joyce Campion (18) from Fair Street has been given the opportunity to spend some time in the shoes of an MEP, learning at first hand about the functions and inner workings of the European Union.

Each year the Michael Sweetman Educational Trust holds a competition inviting Irish students to submit a project based on a contemporary social issue with a pan-European dimension.

A judging panel grades each project through a strict interview and assessment process, with the top 24 students invited to travel to Strasbourg to participate in events under the auspices of the Euroscola programme.

Having won a place on the programme with her project on teenage pregnancy, Joyce will have the chance to meet with other teenagers from across the EU and participate in debates in the chamber of the European Parliament.

Speaking to the Corkman, Joyce said she was looking forward to the trip.

"We all know the EU is there and have a vague idea about what it does. This trip will allow me to get a better understanding of the EU's workings and the decision making process at European level," she said.

"I am also looking forward to meeting other people of my age from across Europe and getting the chance to debate with them on issues relevant to young people. I have spoken to other people from Mallow who took part in the programme before and they really enjoyed the experience."

Pat Maher of Youthreach Mallow said students from Mallow who have previously taken part in the Euroscola Programme had found it hugely beneficial for their studies.

"It is a great experience for a young person, offering them a wonderful insight in EU politics," said Pat.

"Being able to mix and converse with other students from across Europe is also a great confidence booster helping to boost the self esteem of students," he added.

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