KGV student travels to Germany for International Youth Conference
Mark Rimmer, an Advanced Level Creative Media student at King George V College, recently returned from a prestigious International Youth Conference in Aurich, Germany.
The ten day long residential brought together young people from all over Europe, including Spain, Germany, Finland and Poland. The Youth and Community Partnership in Southport were responsible for selecting a group of English students and advertised for interested16-19 year olds in the Merseyside area to apply.
Mark (pictured at the front) was selected and joined a group of other successful Merseyside based students to take part in debates and participate in multiple workshops.
These workshops, which focused around the topic of ‘refugees’ varied from radio broadcasting to newspaper writing to public action. In one exercise, the teams went out on a town rally to raise awareness for refugees.
Mark, who got involved with the YCP last year, said: ‘Working with people from so many different countries was an amazing experience and I got real insight into other cultures. This has really helped me develop my teamwork and social skills.”
During this conference, the different groups demonstrated activities relating to their culture. Mark and his peers hosted an introductory presentation exploring the highly successful Harry Potter franchise. They also provided evening entertainment.
Mark commented “This allowed me to learn so many new things. Anyone seeking refuge from war torn place is a human being and they don’t deserve to be treated like they’re not. It also taught me that, in such a small length of time, people of all different nationalities can cooperate and become friends for life.”
Anne-Marie Francis Vice Principal said, “Mark’s experience in Germany will remain with him forever. The value of such events cannot be underestimated. Education is about the whole person and this sort of cultural exchange is highly enriching. We are very proud of Mark who is also working towards his Duke of Edinburgh Award and certainly takes advantage of the extra-curricular offer at KGV.”
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