Boroughmuir Win Edinburgh Young Consumer Final

posted 17 Dec 2009, 07:11 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
A team from Boroughmuir High School has won the closely contested Edinburgh Final of the Young Consumers of the Year 2009/10 Competition, which was held yesterday afternoon (10 December 2009) at Edinburgh City Chambers.

Boroughmuir High School clinched victory after fighting off stiff competition from teams representing Portobello High School, Mary Erskine's School, Tynecastle High School and St Augustine's RC High School.

Boroughmuir now qualify to compete in the Scottish Final, which will be held on 23rd March 2010 at the Scottish Parliament. Here they will battle against fellow Young Consumers from across the country for the chance to represent Scotland at the UK Final. The 2010 UK Final takes place in Edinburgh in mid-June and forms a central part of the annual Trading Standards Institute conference. Capital schools have a proud recent track record in the competition with Boroughmuir High and Portobello High winning three out of the last four UK titles.

The Young Consumers competition is open to pupils aged 14-18 and is now in its 24th year. Pupils who participated in yesterday's Edinburgh Final all received goody bags for their efforts, which included prizes kindly donated by sponsors. This year's Edinburgh sponsors are Scotmid and Semi-Chem, Consumer Direct, Inspiring Capital, Odeon Cinemas, Waste Aware Edinburgh, the Cameo Cinema and the Edinburgh Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

Teams entering Young Consumers are tested on a range of consumer-related topics, such as: Money & Credit; Food & Drink; Keeping Safe, Keeping Healthy, Environment & Social Responsibility, as well as Legal & Consumer Matters.

The aim of the competition is to make young people more aware of their responsibilities and rights as consumers and provide them with the essential life skills they need to prepare for the world of work and study.

Young Consumers supports the four capacities of education as highlighted in a Curriculum for Excellence, ie. Successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors and links well with subjects such as Economics, Modern Studies, Geography, Business Studies, Home Economics and Enterprise, filling a gap in the Scottish timetable covering Consumer Education.

Presenting the prizes, Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, Convener for Transport, Infrastructure and Environment, said:

"Boroughmuir were worthy winners of the Edinburgh round of the Young Consumers competition and I wish them the very best of luck at the Scottish finals next March. Edinburgh schools have earned a very proud record in this UK-wide contest, winning three out of the previous four years. My congratulations to all the finalists, who continue to demonstrate admirable consumer awareness which will serve them well throughout their adult lives."

The City of Edinburgh Council