Students in ‘European Union’ meeting with Nick Clegg

From left, Dylan Coates, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Laith Khdir
From left, Dylan Coates, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Laith Khdir
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STUDENTS took up their place around the debating table in a mock Euro meeting.

Year 11 students Dylan Coates and Laith Khdir, who go to The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee, looked at the pressing issues facing the European Union and met Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during their visit to the Cabinet Office in London.

The meeting saw the boys join pupils from across England as they represented the 28 EU member states.

Each put forward the views of their country, with the aim of the event to help them develop a knowledge and understanding of cultures and languages from different countries.

Representing Croatia, Dylan and Laith debated and voted on issues relating to youth unemployment and air quality.

Maths teacher Ian Kell, who leads Comenius, the academy’s British Council’s international school project, said: “I am immensely proud of the boys who represented their country with enthusiasm and passion. They were excellent ambassadors for their school, debating with rigour and conviction against students from the country’s top private schools.”

Dylan said the debate helped him experience “political progress in a realistic environment” and gave him the chance to meet like-minded students.

Laith added: “The debate was an amazing day and it gave me an opportunity to see and experience things that not many students would have. It has left me with more confidence and an open mind to the issues that affect people across the world.”