A BILINGUAL Wee County school pupil was given the opportunity to put her language skills to the test after being selected for a trip to France recently.

Runa Jarjour, a senior pupil at Dollar Academy was selected to represent the Rotary Club of Alloa at the Euroscola Event in France in which she was able to use her second language with the natives.

The pupil spent time across the Channel from Monday, January 28, until Friday, February 1.

She was joined by Susan Rice, head of modern languages at Dollar Academy, who was one of the teachers that the rotary club selected to accompany the students

Euroscola is a project which involves rotary clubs sponsoring a pupil, proficient in French usually at advanced higher level, to join a group of school students on a visit to the European Union Parliament in Strasbourg.

For most, Euroscola is a unique experience for young people to learn about European integration by experiencing it first-hand.

Students from the 28 EU Member States are selected to become a Member of the European Parliament for one day in Strasbourg by even taking part in debates on the floor.

They take centre stage in plenary and committee sessions to debate and vote on resolutions on current affairs, all the while practising their language skills and making friends with fellow students from across Europe.

Runa, along with teacher Susan, joined the club for lunch where they gave a very interesting account of their experiences at the event and to thank the club for giving them the opportunity to take part in this amazing experience.

The pair were dined by president-elect of the club, Celia Norton, as Runa was given a certificate by current president Alistair Spowage who was accompanied by Michael Clark, Euroscala coordinator.