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Schoolchildren set to gather at Glyndŵr University to learn about Wales's global links

05 March 2010

Almost 400 young people from 10 local secondary schools will gather at Glyndŵr University on Friday, 12 March 2010 to learn about Wales’s European and global links.

Thanks to this exciting, new event in North Wales, they will be 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 will have 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 will also learn about opportunities to study and work abroad through the Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci Programmes and how their language skills will help make them more employable in the future.

The event will be opened by Glyndŵr University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott.

The year 2010 is the European Year Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, and this will be the key theme throughout the event.

A selection of special sessions has been included in the programme which will highlight the issues such as human rights and the EU’s efforts to fight poverty, both at home and abroad.

This event will be 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 information stands from organisations including British Council, Goethe Institut and Confucius Institute will be open for pupils and teachers to browse and discover even more information about the opportunities which are open to them.

Prizes will be awarded to teams who successfully complete tasks at all of the exhibition stands.

Wales, Europe & the World is jointly organised by CILT Cymru, Routes into Languages Cymru, Europe Direct Llangollen, Glyndŵr 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.

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