As 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Aberdeen City Council presented a conference and pupil discussion featuring visiting guest speakers and pupils from Aberdeen’s twin cities in France, Germany and Belarus.
On Thursday 27th March, pupils representing 3 Aberdeen City Academies (Hazelhead, Kincorth and Bridge of Don) took part in the Conference at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom. They heard from WWI experts on a diverse range of topics such as The Gordon Highlanders, the role of women in the war in both Britain and Germany, what happened to conscientious objectors and how the war shaped Europe as it is today. This was a thought-provoking and educational event for all involved.
On Friday 28th March, pupils from Aberdeen took part in a discussion with the visiting international pupils, led by facilitators, to discuss the impacts of WWI and how they shaped Europe. The young people had the opportunity to voice their opinion about issues such as:
-Social media and propaganda-how has communication changed from WWI to the present day?
-To what extent did women’s lives improve as a result of the war?
-In what ways did WWI give people more of a say in their governments?
-How has Europe changed since WWI?
-Compare the reasons for war in the modern day.
The event over the two days was a great opportunity for all the pupils to hear about the impacts of WWI from experts in their field and from a different angle and to meet and mix with pupils from other European countries.