b'60INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY IN KH Left: Joseph Okpuno, Ms Viki Malcolm, Frances Fitzgerald MEP, Aaron McKeever Launders and Sorcha Smith.BY VIKI MALCOLMwas desperately disappointing for everyone as we hadDevelopment Goals and develop an action project worked so hard on the video.with their partners in Italy, Turkey and Croatia. The We were fortunate enough to have two MEPs, Francesmagic of eTwinning is that all work is done in a virtual Fitzgerald and Clare Daly, visit the school to talk to theenvironment meaning that while the school closures class. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to hearacross Europe slowed us down as students got used at first-hand what a day in the life of our MEPs is like:to the online classroom, it did not stop us and we from the work done by the committees they sit on toare proud to have brought both of these projects to being endlessly on the road between Dublin, Brusselscompletion during lockdown.and Strasbourg. Erasmus+ is the natural next step for us as a European In February we had the great honour to representParliament Ambassador School. We have applied for Belgium once again at the Model Council of thefunding for a project that would see us partnered with European Union. This year, the White Paper dealt witha school in Ettlingen, Germany on a project called the EU Green Deala topic close to the hearts of manyGeneration EU: Shaping the future of Europe. This of our students. We are incredibly grateful to HE Pierre- project will be a cultural and linguistic celebration of This year marks our 4th as a designated EuropeanEmmanuel de Bauw, Ambassador of Belgium to Ireland,our history but also our joint future in Europe as we Parliament Ambassador School. Through ourwho has been so supportive of our debate teams inforge partnerships that will outlast the lifetime of the work, activities and projects in school and as partthis competition for the last two years. The debateproject we plan together. As outgoing President of the of the Transition Year European Studies class, wewas heated and we did well, receiving an honourableEuropean Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Every bring teaching about the EU, its institutions andmention for Belgium on the day. euro that we invest in Erasmus+ is an investment in importance to the forefront of everything we do. the futurein the future of a young person and of our This has been a year like no other. Sadly, school closures in Ireland in March meant thatEuropean idea. I cannot imagine anything more worthy our annual Multicultural Week did not go ahead thisof our investment than these leaders of tomorrow.In November we recorded a one-minute video clipyear but we have continued our international work on the climate crisis as our entry to the Europeanthrough our eTwinning projects and we are excited Parliaments annual Euroscola competition. Weto announce that we have applied for funding for our were one of the winning schools selectedfirst Erasmus+ project. We ran two eTwinning projects to represent Ireland at Euroscola, ain school this year: the first, entitled Auf gut Deutsch special plenary sitting of the Europeangesagt, was a project run through German where Parliament for young people, whichstudents worked with our partner school The British was due to be held in StrasbourgSchool in the Netherlands in The Hague and the in May. Sadly, the global healthsecond was a multinational project called Get up and crisis that is COVID-19 putgoals! where students worked in transnational teams paid to our trip whichto deepen their knowledge of the UN Sustainable'