By Fazilet Merve Çağlayan
Today, after the inspiring opening ceremony of EUROMUN 2018, the Council of Europe Committee has officially started its very first session. The Council of Europe is considered as a watchdog of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. In EUROMUN 2018, The Council of Europe is being simulated by fellow delegates. This year’s agenda has two topics; first, the internalization of education, second the erosion of rule of law in Europe. The committee started by the former, this will be followed by latter in upcoming days.
In the first session, delegates started by stating their positions on internalization of education. It was obvious that all delegates were well-prepared, and when the honorable chairs asked for motions, nearly 20 of them wanted to open the discussion and none of them gave up. Since this is a big committee, chairs promised that they will give the floor to every delegate one by one, but chairs were happy about the participation overall. At one point, the delegate of UK said: “We think we need to change our seats, because we are not in the margin of the society now”.
In the position statements, the delegate of Andorra focused on the situation of small countries, he was followed by other small states. The delegate of Montenegro mentioned that the education in Europe should not be characterized by competition but cooperation. The delegate of Cyprus stated that the difference between small and big countries became a big obstacle for a better education.
When the floor was open for motions, there were many of them. After a difficult selection process, the motion of Russia was accepted on “the support of nations with less economic means”. Accordingly, a new program should be developed for Eastern Europe and smaller countries and this program should be impartial and consensus-based. While there were some proposals for scholarships and guidelines for the program; the speech of the delegate of Slovakia was worth mentioning, he said: “Help poor kids to study, they need money!”. By this beautiful quote, he simply summarized the subject matter of the committee in a nutshell.
The second moderated caucus was on brain-drain. As most of the delegates mentioned, brain drain was seen as the biggest problem in this area. At this point, the delegate of Azerbaijan complained that nobody is coming to their country to study. She offered a solution and said that other countries may send their teachers to them to stop the brain drain. Other countries may listen to their fellow delegate and consider this to revert the brain drain. This can even be included in the resolution paper, who knows?
We will see what will happen in next sessions; but for now, I can truly say that The Council of Europe committee will have very fruitful debates with these creative delegates, and most importantly, I am sure that they will have so much fun!