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CRAIG BATEMAN, MWYC VISITS THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ALONGSIDE THE CONTINU TRUST CONSORTIUM OF WYRE FOREST AND HAGLEY SCHOOLS

From 24th to 29th August 2014, Craig Bateman who is a Member of Worcestershire Youth Cabinet for Wyre Forest took part in a Global Young Citizenship delegation to the United Nations Office in Geneva alongside the ContinU Trust consortium of Wyre Forest and Hagley Schools.

 

The five-day delegation consisted of a series of interactive meetings with strategic leaders from various commissions and agencies within the United Nations including the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Human Rights Council (OHCHR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). This focused upon the work of the various agencies involved in the active operations of the United Nations which are currently in the media such as the current challenges they face, which include the relief efforts in Syria, Gaza and Iraq. The delegation was also accompanied by a tour of CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research.

 

Michael Conroy Harris who is the Collaboration Co-ordination for the ContinU Trust said: “apart from being an amazing learning opportunity and talking first hand to international experts about current crises around the world, it introduces students to a huge array of potential futures for themselves, both as global citizens and as global workers. It is great that we went together, collaborating locally to learn about collaborating globally.”

 

Speaking after the delegation, Craig said; “as one of the world's largest organisations working towards international co-operation, it was an enormous privilege to have engaged in this delegation. The United Nations is an exemplary organisation of how collaborative learning can lead to a shared strategic response in combating real issues in the twenty-first challenge. Our challenge, however, is to continue to educate today's young people – the next generation – of just how powerful this can be.”

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