First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Hutchesons' on Friday and spoke to pupils about the importance of being engaged in politics to secure a better future for their generation.
Ms Sturgeon, who is the Glasgow South MSP, spoke to 5th and 6th year Modern Studies pupils who are preparing for their SQA exams. Visiting Erasmus pupils from our partner schools in Germany and The Netherlands also attended the talk.
At the start of the Q & A, the First Minister told the pupils to ask her anything and they quizzed her on a range of subjects from Trump and Brexit to tuitions fees and fix rooms.
She told them: “It is really important to be engaged with the world in which you live and take an interest in the decisions that are taken. Everyone has the ability to shape and change things and it is important that you understand the power and responsibility you have."
Ms Sturgeon discussed her desire to stay within the European Union and spoke about the benefits within Education in particular. She was particularly interested to hear about the current Erasmus project involving pupils from Hans Sachs Gymnasium in Nuremburg and Van Der Capellen School in Zwolle and Hutchesons’ in Glasgow.
She viewed a final piece of art work which incorporated pupils’ drawings from all three schools. Each of the three cities each has a river running through their centre so the “River” was used as a metaphor for connectively and continuity.
For the South of the river each school researched about various human rights achievements in their country and made designs to represent those momentous occasions. One such example was the vote for women.
The North of the river incorporated designs detailing the goals, challenges and aspirations of human rights in the 21st Century. Issues such as gender equality and equal rights for the LGBT community and the end of modern day slavery were all discussed by the pupils.
The Erasmus project is funded by the European Union and the First Minister voiced her concern that similar opportunities for students may not be available in the future if the UK leaves the European Union. She also spoke about her strong belief that the European Convention on Human Rights should remain.
She said: “It safeguards basic Human Rights. I am not in favour of ripping it up.”