Last weekend, nine Lower VI students travelled to Liverpool to take part in the national final of the European Youth Parliament’s debating competition, having successfully qualified in the regional session in Oxford earlier this year.
The final took place at Liverpool Hope University over three gruelling days of discussions and committees, culminating in the final, formal debate. Topics ranged from how the European Union should seek to engage North Korea to how best to regulate Blockchain to how to reduce the numbers of deaths from illegal drugs.
All the girls performed exceptionally well with three of the team being selected from over 130 students to take part in an international session later this year. Maya, one of the three selected to compete in the International sessions, said the following: “I’m sure I can speak for us all in saying that we all enjoyed it thoroughly and met some lifelong friends on the way. I would highly recommend EYP and debating in general to younger girls - it was a wonderful experience.”
The students showed exceptional teamwork, concentration, fortitude and togetherness, having to persuade strangers by the cogency of their arguments under great pressure. The session inspired intense engagement and there was still passionate discussion of the issues on the long journey home.