The 28th edition of the Mini European Assembly organised by Malta’s National Student Travel Foundation was brought to a close through a final plenary session held last Saturday 20th May. Through this annual education simulation, Maltese students get the opportunity to debate issues which are currently affecting the EU Member States by stepping into the shoes of Ambassadors and diplomats from the Member States.
Through the Assembly, the students got to form delegations as well as debate the topics during a committee meeting held last week. The delegations, in fact, prepared a draft resolution, plotted strategies, negotiated and resolved conflicts based on what the students’ perceive as needs, aspirations and economic policy of the country they represent.
The final session awarded two groups as the winners of the 28th edition, with Belgium taking the first place, closely followed by Denmark who placed second. The teams were made up of University and St Aloysius students respectively. The in-depth debate that took place during the final circulated the intricacies of Freedoms within the European Union and the movement that each individual member states citizens experience from it. Following this, a report was published on the subject together with a resolution providing suggestions on how best to improve the European project.
The Mini European Assembly was set up to create an authentic simulation of the EU Council and introduce students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation and decision making while offering them first-hand experience surrounding the merits of international cooperation for young people. While it involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, this project also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives like: research techniques, writing, public speaking, problem-solving, conflict resolution, compromise, team work, and networking.