Mairead McGuinness MEP for Kildare and first Vice-President of the European Parliament paid an official visit to St Farnan’s Post Primary School, Curryhills, Prosperous on Friday (9th Nov) where she spoke with transition year students who have just commenced work on the Ambassador Schools Programme.
The MEP also launched the school’s new website, www.stfarnans.ie
Under the Ambassador Schools Programme Senior Ambassadors (teachers) take students (Junior Ambassadors) through the Ambassador School Workbook provided by the European Parliament. And participating schools are encouraged to twin with other participating schools across the EU.
“This programme will enable the students to look intensively at the EU and already their engagement with it was evident in a very lively debate that included the implications of Brexit and the whole issue of the future of Europe,” Ms McGuinness said.
“This week when celebrating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day we’re reminded of the whole rationale for the setting up of the EU – to bring peace to Europe and spare the lives of its citizens from the horrors of war.
“We all have a huge responsibility to make the Europe of today and tomorrow live up to the founding ideals of solidarity among nations, peace and human rights,” she said.
“The future of the EU is in the hands of its citizens and young people have a special responsibility to take charge of their futures within a vibrant and reformed EU,” she said.
The MEP also discussed with the students the role of the European Parliament, it being the only EU institution directly elected by the people. And she spoke of her specific role as Vice-President.
She thanked the students, school principle Eddie Collins and teacher Tanya Flanagan for engaging in the Ambassador Programme