Meldrum pupil, Emily talks about her Strasbourg trip

Emily together with Oldmeldrum Rotary Club President Richard Thomson
Emily together with Oldmeldrum Rotary Club President Richard Thomson

A Meldrum pupil provided an insight into her experience taking part in debates in the European Parliament at the town’s local Rotary group recently.

Student, Emily Low was one of the delegates selected from Scotland to take part in the Rotary-supported ‘Euroscola’ programme which includes participating in discussions and debate in the surroundings of the European Parliament complex in Strasbourg.

At Oldmeldrum Rotary, Emily spoke about meeting the other Scottish candidates before jetting off to Basel/Mulhouse.

After arriving in Strasbourg, the candidates were then asked to deliver an ‘icebreaker’ presentation in French to showcase their language skills.

Emily said: “Taking part really developed my overall confidence. Euroscola has been absolutely excellent at encouraging me to take opportunities. Public speaking, which was quite daunting for me before, is now much less so having spoken in front of 500 people.”

Activities included organising a street survey, where they asked local people questions about Scotland and on their day at European Parliament, groups held a debate.

Club President Richard Thomson added: “I think Euroscola is the one youth project which has the biggest impact on those who get the chance to attend. This year, we had a superb candidate in Emily, and I’m sure that the experience will stand her in very good stead for the future.”