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23 September, 2010

If I could change one thing

What idea would you come up with to solve issues of global poverty? Students from London schools, who have taken part in the Act Global project, will attend an event at City Hall on Tuesday 5 October 2010 to focus on this question. Act Global is a joint project from the Citizenship Foundation and Relief International that connects teachers and students from across the world in taking action on global poverty related issues. The event will allow the students to celebrate the success of the campaigns they have been working on, and present them to politicians, journalists and youth workers.

Students from London schools have worked alongside students from 18 countries including Bangladesh, Nigeria, Uganda and New Zealand through the Act Global social network. One group of students from Hendon School in Barnet were inspired to become involved in work around the Millennium Development Goals. They created a campaign called '6/9/15', which aims to challenge the government and others to keep their promises and meet the Millennium Development Goals by 6/9/15. The students were moved by the words of Nelson Mandela who said, 'if all the children of Britain act together they can be more powerful than any government'.

The event, organised with the Children and Young People's Unit at the Greater London Authority, will be held at the Living Rooms at City Hall from 3pm to 4.30pm, and will be attended by staff from a range of NGOs, local politicians and policy makers as well as young people in London and some of the groups from Uganda.


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