From East Timor to Edinburgh

9th May 2008 at 01:00
A week today, secondary teachers will be given the chance to sit down with their counterparts from East Timor to explore the issues of young people's participation and identity
A week today, secondary teachers will be given the chance to sit down with their counterparts from East Timor to explore the issues of young people's participation and identity.

The event, on May 16, organised by the charity Mercy Corps and taking place at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh, will allow teachers from the two nations to share their experiences of participating in their communities, and look at practical ways to bring these issues alive in the classroom.

Delegates will also be given a brand new teacher resource pack to help them introduce global citizenship into secondary schools. It was created after Mercy Corps ran a project called "Guns and Guitars", linking Edinburgh and East Timor schools.

The East Timor teachers will visit Craigroyston Community High and Newbattle Community High in Edinburgh in the run-up to their conference.

East Timor became an independent nation in 1999 and has since made progress towards establishing democratic government and growing its economy.

www.mercycorps.org.uk.

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