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North & South Belfast students "Talk Politics" with local MLAs

Flag flying, economic recovery and the question of an Assembly opposition were all hot topics today when students from North and South Belfast quizzed their local MLAs on the issues that matter to them.

The Let’s Talk style discussion was organised by the Assembly’s Education Service in conjunction with the Peace and Reconciliation Group which have held a number of similar events in the North West.

Hosting the panel section of the event was the BBCs Political Editor Mark Devenport who was on hand to field questions from students and to steer the debate.

East & West Belfast students “Talk Politics” to local MLAs

More than 60 sixth form students from schools in East and West Belfast got together recently to quiz their local MLAs on the issues affecting them, their schools and their communities. The panel was hosted by seasoned BBC Political Correspondent Martina Purdy and the event itself was held in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Assembly's Education Service and the Peace and Reconciliation Group.

Parliament Buildings hosts the Mock Council of the European Union

This prestigious event was organised by the British Council and the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and took place in Parliament Buildings on Friday 19 October 2012.

Parliament Buildings celebrates its 80th Birthday

On Saturday 17 November Parliament Buildings will celebrate its 80th anniversary and the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay, is inviting everyone to the party:

Assembly celebrates European Day of Languages

The Education Service with Conall McDevitt MLA will host an event in Parliament Buildings on 26 September to mark European Day of Languages 2012. The event will involve around 75 Year 14 students from Aquinas Grammar School, Methodist College, Rathmore Grammar School, RBAI and Wellington College.

This will be an interactive day in Spanish with students comparing the Irish, Spanish and UK Governments, discussing environmental issues and suggesting recommendations for politicians.

Politics Conference for A Level Teachers

On Monday 8 Oct 2012, the Education Service will host a Politics Conference for A Level teachers in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings. The one-day programme will include a lecture by Prof. R. Wilford, a question and answer session with MLAs, as well as sessions on Committees, the Executive and Legislation.

Invitations have been sent to all schools – please contact the Education Service for further information.

Give your views on how to improve the operation of the NI Assembly

The Northern Ireland Office is currently seeking views on how to improve the operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly.The consultation highlights four key areas about which there has been debate in recent years in Northern Ireland:

Check out our new videos!

We have worked with Assembly Broadcasting to create a selection of new videos giving an insight into the work of the Assembly.

Spending the Northern Ireland Budget


European Parliament Calendar Competition

The European Parliament Information Office (EPIO) in Scotland has launched their annual calendar competition for primary school pupils. This year's theme is 'Europe's rich animal kingdom'.

The best drawings will be published in the EPIO Scotland's 2013 calendar and the winning drawing will feature in a calendar made up of drawings from all over Europe. An exhibition of the best pictures will take place in the EPIO office in December this year.

New Orienteering Trails on Stormont Estate

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.


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