It was a day of celebration yesterday (Monday 20th March) at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Senior Primary School in Laytown, Co. Meath which was celebrating the final event, marking the culmination of a three year Erasmus+ European Programme, an interschool music project involving seven other European countries.
Special guest at the event, Mairead McGuinness MEP and first Vice-President of the European Parliament, congratulated the School Principal, Bláithín Maguire, Project Co-ordinator, Helen Doak, students and teachers involved in the success of the programme.
“You have gone after this project with enthusiasm, energy and success in winning support for it in the first place,” she said. “And while essentially a music project the benefits have gone way beyond that, widening your sense of European citizenship, improving your language and communication skills and making new European friends with whom you may well sustain relationships long into the future.”
Ms McGuinness also said that the kind of success enjoyed by the project is critical to creating knowledge and understanding in a complex world of fake news.
“On a day when British Prime Minister Teresa May announced Article 50 would be triggered on the 29th of this month to start the formal Brexit process it is interesting to note in last year’s referendum 73pc of young people aged between 18 and 24 voted to remain in the EU while a majority of those aged over 45 voted for Brexit with the older the voter the higher the vote in favour of Brexit.”
Ms McGuinness said such a divergence would indicate that younger people, while they do not cast their votes to the same extent as older people “they do have a greater sense of European citizenship and what that means.”
Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh’s interschool music project was entitled, “A Song for Europe – 12 Points”. The other participating countries were: Iceland; Germany; Poland; Spain: Greece; Turkey and Romania.