MEP backs Scotland's pupils 'whatever their mother tongue'
Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today lauded a Europe-wide competition that could see a pupil from Scotland walk away with a prize at a Brussels awards ceremony.
"The Juvenes Translatores event asks pupils to translate one page of text, after which one winner from each member state will be chosen to attend a glittering award ceremony in Brussels, with all travel and accommodation costs paid for by DG Translation.
“Obviously I’m biased but it would be fantastic to see a pupil from Scotland leave with a prize. Scotland is a thriving, multicultural country and our young people be encouraged to embrace their ability to pick up on languages, whether their mother tongue is English, Danish or Polish.
“There’s an ever-growing need for translators in Europe and, from a practical viewpoint, the more languages a person can speak, the easier it is for them to study and work around Europe.
“So I fully support the work of the Juvenes Translatores and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a pupil from one of our local schools to be on that podium!”