MEP impressed after visit to Offaly primary school
Mairead McGuinness, MEP for Offaly and first Vice-President of the European Parliament, made an official visit to Daingean National School on Tuesday, May 1, to see how the children are progressing with their Blue Star programme.
This initiative aims to foster better knowledge and understanding amongst primary pupils about the European Union, through classroom projects and activities.
Ms McGuinness said she was "very impressed" with the projects the students have prepared on different Member States of the EU.
“The projects ranged from the foundation and role of the EU, how it developed, its cultural and linguistic diversity," she explained.
“I loved their curiosity and hunger to know more about the European Parliament, how it works, and the role played by MEPs on behalf of citizens," she added.
“May 9 is Europe Day, and it is a time to reflect on the foundations and functioning of the European Union and how after two devastating world wars, countries can work together in cooperation. It’s important that we never forget the origins of the project,” Mairead said.
She pointed out that the children in Daingean showed a great level of awareness of Brexit and were eager to discuss how it could impact on Ireland.
“I’d like to thank the school community for the warm welcome. Their enthusiasm was infectious and great credit is due to them for the way in with they’ve approached this whole project, also school Principal, Eileen Moynihan and Blue Star Co-ordinator Irene D’Alton," McGuinness concluded.
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