After grabbing a quick bite at Methodist Central Hall, we headed to Europe House to meet the European Commission’s Education team in the UK: the indomitable Sam Evans and new staffer Jav! Anyone who could break through the jet-lag and post-prandial sleepies is a total super star – and these two are! Former speechwriter for Plaid Cymru (Welsh Natl Party), Sam has been heading up the European Commission’s Involver education initiative in the UK – the only country where the EU has an educational outreach team. What does that tell us, I wonder?
We leaned SO much – but perhaps one of the things I’ll remember most is taking a quiz that Sam also gave to MPs right after Brexit, about the EU and the UK’s relationship with it. Out of 19 questions, they got an average of — wait for it – SEVEN questions right. Several of the students today got 10 or more right!
Games and quizzes aside, Sam and Jav were two of the most knowledgeable and dynamic presenters I’ve EVER met – and it was a bit odd to be visiting Europe house when their positions are getting ready to be eliminated, come the finalization of Brexit.