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Talking about places faraway competition at Shire Hall, Gloucester

‘The Olympic challenge, do the benefits outweigh the environmental impact?’, ‘Aids - is this a disease of the uneducated?’, ‘The Sticky Truth? Unfair trading using ethical labels.’  These are just some of the topics being discussed at the “Talking about places faraway” competition being held at Shire Hall in Gloucester on Wednesday 6th February.

This event provides an opportunity for young people to share their views, concerns and knowledge about global issues.  Teams of up to 10 students aged 15 and 16 from ten Gloucestershire schools are taking part in the annual global competition run by Gloucestershire County Council’s International Education Office. 

Each of the schools taking part has been asked to prepare a 5 - 7 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. The presentation can take a variety of forms e.g. PowerPoint, debate, rap, street scene. Although most of the input will come from the students, a panel of "experts" will take part and judge the event.

Following one school's presentation, delegates from other schools will be encouraged to ask questions.  Members of the panel will make short contributions to the discussions before passing on to the next school presentation. Six schools will be competing in the morning from 09.45 to 12.00 and four schools in the afternoon from 12.45 to 3.00.

Marks are allocated to schools for the style, delivery and content of their presentation and to the way in which they participate in the ensuing discussions.

Councillor Joan Nash, Cabinet Member for Schools, said: The topics the young people will be discussing are very much in the news and in the minds of people of all ages.  I am sure that all of the presentations will be thought-provoking and perhaps will give a different perspective on these important issues.”

Schools taking part this year are:

  • Rednock School
  • St. Peter’s Catholic High School
  • Sir William Romney’s School
  • Stroud High School
  • The High School for Girls
  • Winchcombe School
  • Archway School
  • Balcarras School
  • Dene Magna
  • Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Other topics covered will include: "Has religion a place in schools anywhere?", "Fairtrade versus food miles", "Population increase", "Think Globally, Act Locally", "Are the Olympics compatible with a sustainable future?", "Food miles and fair trade", "Global punishment - do we need global clarity?"

The winning school will receive a glass trophy and funding towards travelling to London to the Houses of Parliament to discuss global issues with an MP.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

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