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20 January, 2010

Young people in east London and Germany link up for project on Europe and climate change

Students from Lammas School and Sports College, Leyton will link up with Gymnasium Hamm Europaschule, a school in Hamburg, Germany, during the first week of February as part of the Young Ideas for Europe project, an international project to raise awareness of the EU, which the Citizenship Foundation is a partner of. This link-up is an opportunity for young people to learn about the EU and its environmental policies as well as, through debates and activities, have their say on future policies.

The virtual link-up involves the 15 London-based students taking part in a series of activities over a period of a few days. The main one is a role-play parliamentary debate where the students take on the roles of different political parties to develop environmental policies for Europe. The debate will culminate with a vote on the policies and the students will also link with the German school using a web platform and Skype.

‘The recent Copenhagen Climate Change conference illustrated the vital importance of both governments and civil society working in partnership across national borders. This project, bringing together young people from London and Hamburg, provides an exciting opportunity to build on these partnerships and for the participants to make their voices heard on the European stage.'

John McLaverty, Oxfam Youth & Schools Campaigner - London & the South East.

Both schools will take part in activities and receive information before the project begins to prepare them to take part, and during the project John McLaverty, Youth and Schools Campaigner at Oxfam and Marina Yannakoudakis MEP will visit the Lammas school to talk to the students about climate change and the environment in Europe.

The project is run in partnership with IFOK, the coordinating body of Young Ideas for Europe from Germany. IFOK is a leading participatory consultancy with offices in Germany, Belgium and the USA. The Young Ideas for Europe project is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and is hosted in London by the Citizenship Foundation.


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