Today we attended a pupil parliament event at Ripley Saint Thomas, Lancaster. It was a lively event with 20 school attending from the Lancashire area. The topic for discussion were the 8 Millennium Development Goals:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
- Achieve universal primary education.
- Promote gender equality and empower women.
- Reduce child mortality.
- Improve maternal health.
- Combat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases.
- Ensure environmental sustainability.
- Global partnership for development.
Although much has been achieved globally, we established that the world is still far from achieving these goals despite it being 14 years on! This has been for a number of significant reasons. Mainly due to lack of co-operation from leaders in countries, war and money. We engaged in some role play in order to demonstrate some of the problems that have prevent these goals from being achieved.
There were some local councillors, at the session, Ken Bond (Mayor of Carnforth), Joan Jackson (patron for Caton), Jack Filmore (a representative of the University Green Party) and Suzie Clarke (Mayor of Lancaster). We had an opportunity to discuss some things we would like changing in our area. Things such as more poo bins and free poo bags, more frequent clearing of the cycle paths and our parks.
Larissa, Stuart, Kyla and Ruby.