"The young people are Europe's future"

Today, many workshops were hosted by the Goethe-Gymnasium Kassel.

One of them was conducted in English.

While all the other groups were discussing in German, two students from the Goethe-Gymnasium, together with Mr Beuchel, used the skills they have acquired in Goethe-Gymnasium's bilingual stream to host a special event: They were talking about young people and their future as young Europeans.

This workshop took place from 10:30 to 12:30am and, after a lunch break, from 2:15 to 3:30pm. The students said they were enjoying this workshop in which they discussed the emphasis, or the lack of it, put on European affairs in the Hessian school curricula. They suggest that there should be a shift toward more international cooperation in that field, and they express their wish for more information on other countries and cultures and their views of European affairs.  

At the beginning, the 17 participants played games to get to know each other and thus perform better in the ensuing group work. After a short introduction to the workshop and some reflections on the origins of the European Union, the students discussed about crises, young people in Europe and refugees. They reflected on the role schools should play to help to bring about changes within the respective fields, and then they will draft resolutions in the afternoon, which they will present to the audience.

The group leader expressed his satisfaction with the working attitude of the group. „They were all enthusiastic and I’m looking forward to the resolution they are drafting“ , Mr Beuchel said.

As an answer to the question, why he is doing this workshop, he explained to us that the young people in Europe are the future of Europe. This workshop was very interesting for the students and they learned a lot about the European Union. Moreover, our school focuses on English and offers a great variety of subjects taught in English. The students teaching the workshop have been working with the EYP (European Youth Parliament), and they now want to share their experience and appreciation for the European Union’s work.


article by Jenny Jäger & Eike Plhak