ICP Participation in EURO Challenge

ICP students participate in inaugural EURO Challenge
Posted on 07/12/2022

On May 4th five teams of students from several OCDSB schools and one school from Toronto participated in the inaugural Euro Challenge Competition in Canada. This all-day competition was funded by the European Union and held at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The five teams involved students from Grade 9 & 10 at Canterbury HS, Colonel By SS, Earl of March SS, Glebe CI, John McCrae SS, Merivale HS, Nepean HS and West Carleton SS. Many of these students are also enrolled in the International Certificate Program (ICP).

The team of students from Canterbury High School were awarded the first place trophy which was presented by EU Ambassador to Canada, Melita Gabrič, following the first Euro Challenge event to be held in Canada


Dario Stipisic, WISE Senior Program Director, helped to facilitate and host the Euro Challenge

The judges’ table included representatives from academia, finance and the diplomatic community to evaluate the student teams

The Euro Challenge requires students to focus on a particular topic or issue, such as climate change, gender equity, population growth, etc., from the perspective of a specific EU country. Each team of four students delivers a 15 minute presentation to a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the diplomatic corps, academia, and banking. Following each team presentation, the judges ask a series of challenging questions that requires students to use the information they have researched to support and defend the proposals they have made to address their assigned issue related to the country they are representing. The students spent several months actively preparing for the competition.

The Euro Challenge was launched in the United States in 2006, and currently over 60 schools participate in this annual competition. The Euro Challenge focuses on the 19 countries which use the euro as their currency. The event is organized by WISE (Working In Support of Education) which has been involved for several decades in developing financial literacy curriculum in the US.

WISE contacted OCENET’s International Education Coordinator, Sean Oussoren, for assistance in setting up the first Euro Challenge event in Canada, and everyone was impressed by the calibre of the OCDSB students who presented in Ottawa.

At the awards ceremony following the announcement of the winning teams the Canadian Ambassador for the EU, Melita Gabrič, addressed the audience to speak about the history and importance of the euro as a currency in uniting Europe, followed by presentations to the top three winning teams with trophies. The students from Canterbury H.S. received first place, followed in second place by John McCrae S.S. with Earl of March S.S. in third. A representative from Moody’s presented financial awards of $1,200 to each student in the top team and $1,000 to members of the second place team.

It is anticipated that the Euro Challenge Canada event can be expanded upon for next year with more teams participating from across Ontario.

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