Young People on the Global Stage

Kings Norton Girls School is one of 8 local schools taking part in an exciting opportunity from Tide Global Learning called ‘Young People on the Global Stage’. The project is EU funded and brings  young people from the UK, Germany, Spain, Kenya and The Gambia together to reflect on the Millennium Goals on poverty and hunger. For KNGS, this will involve a group of Year 9 students working to organise and host a conference for Midlands’ schools later this year. From this event we will launch our ‘Manifesto for Sustainable Living’ and the girls will be involved in lobbying at local, national and regional levels as a follow up to the conference.
In order to prepare for this exciting opportunity, nine Year 9 girls took part in a two day training event on the 30th April and 1st May. Mollie MacPherson, Alice Falciani, Megan Blackmore, Emily Humphreys, Charlotte Khanan, Emily Cornford, Holly Leach, Katie Wallace and Oheema Donkor threw themselves into the ‘Students of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow’ sessions, organised by UFA (the University of the First Age). The girls worked in a range of teams, reflecting upon leadership qualities and looking at the pragmatics of organising a large event.
Our girls have responsibility for all evaluation aspects of the conference – planning, delivering, collating and feeding back to the organisers about how far the conference achieved its’ aims. In addition, we have to plan and deliver a workshop during the conference on the themes of sustainability and the Millennium Goals on poverty and hunger. This will involve us carrying out research, including using Skype to talk to schools in Kenya and the Gambia to research their perspectives on our questions.
Speaking about the training, Oheema described it as, “An exciting opportunity to relate with people from all over the West Midlands and discuss some of the world’s issues, whilst having fun” and Emily Humphrey’s was inspired to say, “This has been a great experience and I have learnt a lot. I feel more confident now than before.  I am proud to be part of the future generation”.
Mrs O’Connor, leading the project said,  “It was inspiring to see our girls working independently and responsibly with students from a range of schools and across a range of ages. They did the school proud and I’m excited by the team we have put together to plan and deliver the conference.”