Boroughmuir pupils bound for Scottish Parliament to compete in Young Consumers competition

A team from Boroughmuir High School has won a very entertaining Edinburgh Final of the Young Consumers of the Year 2012/13 Competition, which was held yesterday afternoon (18 December 2012) at Edinburgh City Chambers.

They clinched victory after fighting off competition from runners up Tynecastle High School. Portobello High School also took part in this year's final.

The Boroughmuir team now qualify to compete in the Scottish Final, which will be held in March 2013 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 UK Final takes place in Brighton in June 2013 and is 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 seven UK titles and runners up twice.

The Young Consumers competition is open to pupils aged 15-17 and is now in its 28th year. Pupils who participated in yesterday's Edinburgh Final all received prizes for their efforts, which included those kindly donated by sponsors.  This year's Edinburgh sponsors are Dynamic Earth, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Odeon Cinemas, Cameo Cinema and Murrayfield Ice Rink.

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 Issues, as well as Consumer and Shopping Matters.

The aim of the competition is to give young people an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as consumers and provide the essential life skills needed when they leave school.

Young Consumers supports the four capacities of education as highlighted in a Curriculum for Excellence, i.e. 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.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city's Transport and Environment Convener, said: "This worthwhile initiative helps support consumer education and gives pupils the knowledge and understanding necessary to become effective consumers. I've been very impressed with the skills and attitudes of all our Young Consumers and my congratulations goes to all those involved in the competition. I'd like to wish Boroughmuir High School the best of luck at the Scottish Final in March."

Pictured: The winning team from left are: Emily Killgore, Lauren Jiang, Alice Mpakati Gama (captain), and Tara Smith. All are fifth year pupils at Boroughmuir. 

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