"What do you think needs to be changed in your society?" and "How can young people contribute to that change?"

3rd September 2004 at 01:00
"What do you think needs to be changed in your society?" and "How can young people contribute to that change?": students from Cape Town and Palestine are likely to have firm views on these questions and today they are exchanging ideas with their peers from 10 secondary schools in Devon.

UK authors Beverley Naidoo and Jamila Gavin, in South Africa for the International Board on Books for Young People congress, are guests at an international videoconference, Young Voices for Change, alongside Jehan Helou, director of Tamer Institute for Community Education, in Ramallah.

Thandokhulu high school in Cape Town, which last March took part in a World Book Day link-up from Robben Island with Ilfracombe community college, has returned for this event which involves students from Tamer and Devon (in the LEA's digital media education centre in Exeter). Visit www.dmec.org.uk

for a report. See next week's Friday magazine for Naidoo's account of adapting her short story "The Playground", set in apartheid-era South Africa, for the stage (opening this month at Wimbledon's Polka Theatre).

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