Ponteland High School student Elliot Barker has been selected to represent the UK for the next international session of the European Youth Parliament (EYP), writes Rebecca Curry.
He previously participated in the UK and Estonian national sessions.
Along with seven other UK delegates, he will initially head to Belfast on Saturday, March 5 ,for four days before spending another five days in Dublin.
Nearly 300 young Europeans, aged between 16 and 20 from more than 34 countries, will meet to tackle recent European issues – this year’s theme is Crossing Borders, Transcending Conflict.
The Year 13 student will be on the EYP committee for economic and monetary affairs, writing and debating about subjects such as what should be the future of the economic and monetary union in the aftermath of the Greek debt crisis.
Resolutions will be made on ideas for how best European countries can co-operate across borders and how conflicts can be resolved and they will then be sent to decision makers across Europe.
With the session being held jointly in Belfast and Dublin, delegates will learn more about the impact that historical conflicts have had on Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The EYP has enabled many Ponteland High School students to make the most of numerous opportunities, including foreign trips to locations such as Rotterdam, Prague and Nice.
It has allowed them to improve their public speaking, debating, communication and team-working skills, and has supported their university applications.
Pont High has a proud history with the EYP and it is the most successful state school in the history of the organisation. In five of the last seven regional sessions, a team from the school has progressed to the national session. In addition, the chair of EYP UK and the North East regional session organiser are both ex-Ponteland students.