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15-03-2016

Charlemagne Youth Prize - Irish national winner is Christian Brothers College Cork

Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill,Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill,
Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork with MEP Deirdre Clune

Congratulations to Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Wellington Road, Cork who are this year's Irish national winners of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize. Christian Brothers College is among the 28 projects nominated by national juries in the individual EU member states from which three overall winners will be chosen. The three winning projects will be awarded €5,000, €3,000, and €2,000 respectively. The three winning projects will be selected by the European jury by 7 April 2016.

Deidre Clune MEP said “I am really thrilled to hear that CBC has won the National leg of the Charlemagne Youth Prize. I was pleased to have had the opportunity to welcome a group from the school to the European Parliament recently to discuss the student's interest in European Politics and how young people can participate. “

The Charlemagne Youth Prize is organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation in Aachen and awarded each year for projects run by people aged between 16 and 30. The winning projects should provide models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

Christian Brothers College is among the 28 projects nominated by national juries in the individual EU member states from which three overall winners will be chosen. The three winning projects will be awarded €5,000, €3,000, and €2,000 respectively. The three winning projects will be selected by the European jury by 7 April 2016.

CBC Cork will represent Ireland along with the other 27 national winners at the Charlemagne Youth Prize award ceremony in Aachen on 3rd May 2016.

Notes

Christian Brothers College in Cork - Project “A Politics Module for European Youth

This is a Project initiated in the Christian Brothers College in Cork and aims to promote greater awareness of the political process at local, national and European level among 15-17 year old students, as well as what it means to be a European citizen. The project started in September 2015 and a special dedicated website was launched in January 2016. One central objective of the project is to allow students to connect their local political structures with national ones and how these structures then fit into the wider European and international frameworks. There is also an emphasis on students learning about the role of the European Parliament and of the European Commission and on debating topical subjects such as border security, migration and climate change. Participants are encouraged to make contact with local MEPs, and they have recently visited the European Parliament and Commission in Brussels. Students are keeping diaries of their visit and will present their findings at an Open Evening for parents and teachers. The objective is to foster a greater appreciation of what it means to be European among young people of all ages and to promote debate on European values.

2015 Winners

Irish national winners 2015 were Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co. Limerick. with a project entitled TEDD.ie

@RealTime WW1, a Twitter project from Luxembourg, was awarded first prize 2015

Second prize went to the Fronterras-European (border) line project from France

Third prize was jointly awarded to Social Soccer Cup (Austria), Entrepreneurship, the Solution against Unemployment (Cyprus) and Infoactualidad (Spain).

Charlemagne Youth prize