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9 November, 2009

Join the debate with Vince Cable MP

On 10 December 2009 the Citizenship Foundation is hosting the Margaret Quass debate ‘Can we still be global citizens in a worldwide crisis? Facing the challenges of financial insecurity, global warming and scarce resources together’. We have just a few spaces left for students (aged 15 to 18) from London schools to join the debate with a panel of experts.

The Margaret Quass* debate will be a fantastic opportunity for students, who are considering GCSE and A-level exams in citizenship, politics, economics, general studies or geography, to be in dialogue with a panel of experts and learn more about current affairs.

The event is free to attend and will take place on 10 December at the Commonwealth Foundation in London from 3pm to 5.15pm. There will be 60 students in attendance on the day as well as other guests. Dr Vince Cable MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats; Paul Hilder, Director of the Avaaz Campaign; Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Gillian Temple, Head of Oxfam's Public Engagement Team make up the panel, which will be chaired by the Chair of Trustees of the Citizenship Foundation, Michael Maclay.

We are looking for London schools to each bring a minimum of five students to the event. To register your interest email Ruxandra Ratiu, International Project Officer at the Citizenship Foundation by 18th November 2009.

*Margaret Quass was previously the director of the Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC), which merged with the Citizenship Foundation in September 2008. CEWC has had a momentous history in informing young people about the purpose and nature of the UN. The UK government funded CEWC and education ministers from all political parties were also supportive. CEWC and its members have helped the birth of many important organisations including Oxfam, Freedom from Hunger, Voluntary Service Overseas, Community Service Volunteers and the Association for Citizenship Teaching. CEWC was present at the first United Nations General Assembly in London. One of the major achievements of the United Nations was the creation of an international framework of law on Human Rights. Also in 1945 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was formed, and again CEWC facilitated the birth.


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