These pictures were taken at the EYP North-West- Regional Session that we attended two weeks ago. This is the delegation from our school. There were 12 schools in total that attended the conference. You might think: What is this thing she is talking about?
Well, let me explain the concept of EYP to you.
EYP stands for European Youth Parliament and was created for young people to raise their voices and share their opinions. The conference is laid out like a debate with every school preparing one resolution to a current affair which they then either defend or attack. Our topic was the implementation of the “Sugar Tax”. We got assigned to defend the Sugar Tax, so we prepared a defense speech and presented it at the conference. After us, there was another school which attacked the resolution of the “Sugar Tax”. After that, the debate was open to the floor where everyone there could participate. After three rounds of open floor, we did our summation speech. After our resolution and debate, we also took part in other debates during the open floor debate.
Here are the topics we debated on:
IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT US ELECTIONS AND THE DIVISIONS THEY HAVE CREATED, WHAT STANCE SHOULD THE EU TAKE ON BUILDING RELATIONS WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT THE EU’S PRIORITIES ARE ACHIEVED?
WITH THE AFTERMATH OF BREXIT SHOWING A SHARP RISE IN HATE CRIMES, HOW CAN THE EUROPEAN UNION PROTECT ITS MINORITY GROUPS FROM RACIALLY MOTIVATED CRIME WHILST SAFEGUARDING ITS CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?
IN LIGHT OF RECENT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORT FOR AN ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA, FOLLOWING THE USE OF EU-MADE ARMS IN SUSPECTED VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, WHAT STEPS SHOULD THE EUROPEAN UNION TAKE TO ENSURE THAT IT MEETS ITS ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS WHEN EXPORTING ARMS?
WITH 38% OF EUROPEAN CITIZENS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ANNUALLY, HOW CAN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES BETTER SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, SUCH AS DEPRESSION, AS WELL AS FOSTERING POSITIVE MENTAL WELLBEING AMONG THEIR CITIZENS?
WITH AN INCREASING NUMBER OF REGIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, SUCH AS SCOTLAND AND CATALONIA, EXPRESSING A DESIRE FOR INDEPENDENCE, HOW CAN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS MEMBER STATES RESPECT THESE AUTONOMIST REGIONAL DESIRES WITHOUT PUTTING ITS OWN UNITY INTO QUESTION?
And the best of all this was that 3 schools got selected to be part of the EYP National Session in Summer!
And guess who is going to be a part of that? Yes, we got selected to go to nationals!
PS: the event took place at Liverpool Town Hall which meant, we also got to use the toilets that the queen used… just saying