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26-02-2010

Six finalists chosen to compete in this year's My Vision for Europe final

 

Since the beginning of this year, secondary school students throughout Ireland have been hard at work creating videos to show their 'Vision for Europe'.  The visions submitted by the participating schools, in the form of short videos (4 minutes), were presented using raps, cartoons, rock videos and documentaries.  The videos can be watched on the competition website - www.myvisionforeurope.com - together with a short video announcing the finalists.  Paula Reidy, a Transition Year Coordinator at Ardscoil Rís in Limerick, commented that this was 'the most innovative and exciting Transition Year project we have been involved in this year.'

The adjudicators for this year's competition had a difficult task, as they attempted to choose the finalists from the array of creative videos submitted.

Andrea Pappin, of the European Movement Ireland expressed her 'heartfelt congratulations to the teams going forward to the finals in Dublin.'  She said that 'the standard and creativity of the video entries was really impressive and made for an exciting and difficult judging session.'  Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland added that 'what was particularly striking was the variety of approaches taken by the participants. The task of communicating the EU has really been brought to life.'

The finalists are as follows:

Dublin - Clonkeen College from Blackrock - using clever lyrics and accompanying guitar music, the students explain the concept of the European Union to aliens..

East - St Mary's Diocesan School from Drogheda - the students give a taste of what Europe might look like if they were in charge.

North West - St Louis Secondary School in Monaghan - an intriguing combination of aliens and the Big Brother house!

South - a tie between two schools - Ardscoil Rís in Limerick, whose rap video aimed to explain to aliens what the EU was all about and Christ King Girls' Secondary School in Cork, whose documentary-style video looked at what it was like for a German student to move to Ireland, another EU Member State.

Northern Ireland - Methodist College in Belfast - an alternative version of the EU's 'Ode to Joy', with the participants wearing masks.    

The chosen schools will now take part in the finals of the My Vision for Europe competition on Friday, 19 March in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. This event will be an opportunity for all of the finalist teams to come together to present their videos, which will be screened on the big screen. Teams will be invited to explain the origin of their concept to judges and outline the creative process they underwent. A panel of adjudicators made up both of representatives from partner organisations, and Alicia McGivern, Head of Education from the Irish Film Institute, will select the winning schools to win the overall prize. An emphasis on creativity will be central, which has been implicit throughout this project.

The prize: Two winning schools will be invited to bring 25 students to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola event. During this one-day event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the winning students have the opportunity to sit in the EP's chamber and to re-enact the work of MEPs. The participating students will take part in discussions on topical European subjects and engage in group activities where they will interact with their peers from other EU member states and communicate using their foreign language skills.

My Vision for Europe is organised by a partnership including the European Parliament Office in Ireland, the European Movement Ireland, The European Studies Programme, Community Relations in Schools (CRIS) , the Michael Sweetman Trust, and is supported by TalktoEU  and Léargas.It was inspired bythe EYou Schools Competition, previously organised by the National Forum on Europe.

 

For further information, please contact:

Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu / 086 8559423, , visit www.myvisionforeurope.com or contact Siobhán Gavin, Project Manager, European Movement Ireland at siobhan@europeanmovement.ie.

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