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6 October, 2010

Students take action on global issues

On 5 October 2010 students from London schools, who have taken part in the Act Global project, came together to create a list of actions to tackle issues of global poverty and inspired others to do the same. The event at City Hall enabled the students to celebrate the success of the campaigns they have been working on and present them to an audience of politicians, journalists, youth workers and staff from the development sector. Some of the students bumped into Boris Johnson although sadly he was not able to make it along to the actual event.

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. This year the students from London schools have worked alongside students from 18 countries including Bangladesh, Nigeria, Uganda and New Zealand through the Act Global social network. They have examined issues like desertification, access to education and clean water.

Cindy Nambisia from MOI Girls School, Nairobi, Kenya said, ‘I would encourage people to increase vacancies to provide job opportunities such as tailoring, carpentry, masonry, after training them and providing machinery for the citizens. With work they can at least earn a meagre living to escape the situation of poverty. We should not watch other people suffer while we live in a comfortable environment. The government and NGOs should continue with their rehabilitation programs but I urge everybody to stand up against poverty according to the millennium campaign calls.'

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.

Ade Sofola, Project Director said, ‘We believe that it is important for young people to develop the skills to create solutions to some of the key issues that the world faces if we are going to make a better world.'

The event was organised with the Children and Young People's Unit at the Greater London Authority.


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