On Friday 22nd of October, three pupils from RSD (Kirsty McMullan, Stephen Bartley and Ross McLean) joined 27 other schools from Northern Ireland and Ireland to gain first hand experience of the cut and thrust of international politics at the sixth mock Council of the European Union. The debate took place in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
At this annual event, schools are given the opportunity to submit a team which is assigned a country to represent within a simulation of the European Parliament. RSD represented Latvia.
Each pupil involved was required to prepare a debate from the point of view of a government minister from their designated country. Kirsty McMullan debated on how to combat poverty and social exclusion from Latvia’s point of view. Steven Bartley prepared a debate on Latvia’s view of the issue of the Euro. Ross McLean discussed the implications of climate change for Latvia.