Smith Pays Drymen Primary School a Visit

23 March 2009
SNP MEP Alyn Smith today (Monday) visited Drymen Primary School, who were recently crowned winners of the Stirling Schools heat of the national competition, Euroquiz.

Mr Smith talked to Primary 6 pupils about his work in the European Parliament and the role of an MEP.

The visit was organised by class teacher, Laura McCormick. His visit follows on from recent work by the pupils on the European democratic process. The pupils were keen to learn about Mr Smith's relationship with other MEPs and the forthcoming European elections.

Commenting on his visit, Mr Smith said:

"I was delighted to be able to talk to the Primary 6 pupils at Drymen Primary School and I was impressed by the level of interest in the subject, and the quality of the questions the pupils asked. Their high level of knowledge on European matters is staggering at such a relatively young age and puts many adults to shame. The last European election saw a UK turnout of only 38%. If we want to change this pattern, educating our youth on how European politics affects them and their family is important. It is extremely refreshing to find youngsters who are interested in the democratic process; young people like them are democracy's hope for the future.

"I wish them all the very best for the Euroquiz national final in the Scottish Parliament in May. I am sure the Euro-experts will do great!"