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Monday 17 May 2004

SELB welcomes new members of EU
The Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) has welcomed visitors from three countries that have just joined the European Union. Estonia, Hungary and Poland joined the EU on May 1 and on Monday, May 17, representatives of the three countries were welcomed to the Board’s headquarters in Armagh.
They are among ten educationalists being hosted by the SELB on an Arion Study Visit from May 16 to May 21.
The visitors from Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden are staying in Newry.
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Caitríona Hughes, SELB International Officer said: “This visit gives local groups the opportunity to meet representatives from a number of the new member states of the European Union.
“The theme of this visit is Education for Democratic Citizenship. Participants will be visiting schools and youth projects in the Banbridge, Lurgan and Newry areas to meet and talk with young people and their teachers and youth workers to explore how citizenship is delivered.
“Arion is concerned with personal exchanges of experience and authentic encounters with pupils, teachers, school heads, teachers, school systems and their representatives and youth workers.
“It is hoped that good links will be established with the visitors, which will enhance the education experiences for the young people of the SELB area.”

Following the reception at SELB headquarters, the visitors had a short tour of the city of Armagh.
Visits will be made on: Tuesday, May 18 - Edenderry Primary School, Banbridge; St Mary’s High School, Lurgan; Wednesday May 19 - St Mary’s High School, Newry; Magnet Young Adult Centre, Newry; Thursday May 20 - Kilbroney Integrated Primary School, Rostrevor; Rathfriland Hill School, Newry.
SELB chief executive Helen McClenaghan (left) welcomes representatives from three of the newest EU member states to the Board's headquarters. Pictured with Mrs McClenaghan are Sergei Teplov from Estonia; Viktoria Csanadi, from Hungary and Agnieszka Rdzanek from Poland. Also pictured (right) is Caitriona Hughes, SELB International Officer.

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