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Student Peace Ambassadors are invited to The Houses of Parliament

Date published: Thu 17 May 2018   Author: C.Miles   Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Four students in year 10 with a passion for politics were invited to the 'Children's Voices for Peace' international conference held at the Houses of Parliament recently.

The conference was designed to provide a platform for children, young people and women who have been affected by conflict in many places to speak out and challenge us to respond. It was also an opportunity for young people from all walks of life to propose ways of dealing with conflict and tackling the tendency towards radicalisation and violence that is placing increasing pressure on young people in this country.

Students Reuben, Nausika, Pranay and Charlie took part in a morning of workshops in which specific proposals for working for peace and tackling extremism were shared with seven other schools including The Abbey School in Reading.

After lunch a panel of MPs answered questions posed by the students, which was followed by a presentation of the workshop findings to the whole conference for commitment to action. A list of 17 proposals were put forward by the students themselves.

This was followed by a keynote address from former Home Secretary Amber Rudd, and responses from community and business leaders. All schools made a pledge to begin or continue using social media to spread the message of the conference.

The day was rounded off by an exclusive tour of the Houses of Parliament for students and accompanying staff.

Many thanks to our four students, whose conduct and maturity were exemplary throughout the long day, staff members Mr Coniam and Mrs Miles who accompanied them on the visit, and Mr Fritz for his time and hard work in helping the students prepare for this ground breaking conference.



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