ALMOST 400 young people from 10 local secondary schools gathered at Glyndwr University to learn about Wales’s European and global links.
Pupils attending were able to find out more about working, studying and travelling in Europe and the wider world, whilst using their languages to enable them to get the most out of the experience.
The 14-19 year olds were given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including language tasters in Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese and Swedish, Language Games, Salsa dancing and Tai Chi. They were also given an introduction to the opportunities to study and work abroad through the Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci Programmes.
The event was opened by Dr Thomas Moore, Executive Dean for Health, Medical Science and Society at Glyndwr University.
Dr Leila Luukko-Vinchenzo, Head of the Second Language Learning Centre at Glyndwr University, said: "We were delighted with the success of the event. In the world environment which we live and work in today, it’s hugely beneficial to be able to speak a foreign language, and to learn about the cultures of different nations. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities which were on offer and I’m sure will be inspired to think about working abroad, studying abroad or learning a new language in the future."
The year 2010 is the European Year Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, and this was a key theme throughout the event.
A selection of special sessions were included in the programme which highlighted issues such as human rights and the EU’s efforts to fight poverty, both at home and abroad. The event was part of the series of EU 2010 activities being organised in Wales by – amongst others – the Welsh Assembly Government, the UK Government and the European Commission.
In addition to the workshops, an exhibition featuring 13 information stands from organisations including Welsh Universities, the British Council, Goethe Institut and Confucius Institute was open for pupils and teachers to browse and discover even more information about the opportunities which are open to them. Prizes were awarded to teams who successfully completed tasks at all of the exhibition stands.
Wales, Europe & the World was jointly organised by CILT Cymru, Routes into Languages Cymru, Europe Direct Llangollen, Glyndwr University and the European Commission Office in Wales, together with partners British Council, Goethe Insitut, Confucius Institute, ECTARC, Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Cardiff University and Careers Wales North East.