Eurochild Children's Council – Jakob’s experience in Brussels

In this blog, Eurochild Children's Council Member, Jakob, explains his experience at the Eurochild Children's Council Meeting in Brussels

  • The Brussels meeting

In Brussels we had a lot of workshops. We met important people, such as the President of Eurochild. We had creative workshops, in a different form than we are used to. For instance, we built the Atomium (the famous landmark in Brussels) out of marshmallows and sticks. I felt very good in my role and was happy to participate, probably also because I made new friendships. As far as commitments are concerned, nothing is necessarily obligatory in Eurochild and therefore I did not feel any pressures. I attended all the meetings.

There were many topics we discussed. We highlighted quite a few topics that we find problematic, but some general conclusions have not (yet) been reached. This meeting (as I understood it) was intended to get to know the team - each other and to get to know the way of working in Eurochild. We found that almost no young people in EU countries are satisfied with the education system. I understand this, as there are not many interactive lessons. Technology is evolving rapidly, but we don't use it much in schools.

  • Expectations and highlights

I expected to meet a lot of new people, learn something about other countries and of course that we will start opening new interesting debates. I came home with a great impression and I think we will achieve a lot together and still have fun. What I remember the most was playing billiard every day. Regarding the activities, I remember  building an atomium out of marshmallows the most. And meeting important people.

  • Final message

You must not be afraid to do what you think is right or hide your opinion. And certainly the fact that together we can achieve everything!

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