15 March 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has congratulated students from the Christian Brothers College Cork who have emerged as this year’s Irish national winners of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize.
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is organised jointly by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation in Aachen and awarded each year for projects run by people aged between 16 and 30. The winning projects should provide models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
Christian Brothers College is among the 28 projects nominated by national juries in the individual EU member states from which three overall winners will be chosen. The three winning projects will be awarded €5,000, €3,000, and €2,000 respectively. The three winning projects will be selected by the European jury by 7 April 2016.
CBC Cork will now represent Ireland along with the other 27 national winners at the Charlemagne Youth Prize award ceremony in Aachen on 3rd May 2016.
The CBC Project aims to promote greater awareness of the political process at local, national and European level among 15-17 year old students, as well as what it means to be a European citizen. The project started in September 2015 and a special dedicated website was launched in January 2016.
The students visited Deirdre Clune in the European Parliament recently where they got a first-hand experience on how the European Institutions work.