Talking about places faraway

16 June 2010, 08:51 | Updated: 16 June 2010, 10:01

Primary School children present in the Municipal Buildings

‘What you wear, make it fair’, ‘Football’s role in tackling racism’ and ‘Endangered species’.

These are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the Talking about places faraway competition to be held at the Municipal Buildings in Cheltenham this week.

The event provides an opportunity for young people to share their views, concerns and knowledge about global issues. Six teams of up to 10 students aged 10 and 11 from five Gloucestershire primary schools will be taking part in the run by Gloucestershire County Council’s International Education Office. 

Each of the schools has been asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. A panel of four judges will mark each team on the style and content of their delivery and their ability to ask and answer questions.   

The schools taking part are:

Swindon Village Primary (2 teams)

Hester’s Way Primary

St. Gregory’s Primary

Leckhampton Primary

Willersey Primary

Heart's Kate Justice spoke to some of the pupils taking part.

Click here to listen to Maisie from Swindon Village Primary School

Click here to listen to Jade from Swindon Village Primary School

Councillor Jackie Hall, Cabinet Member for Schools, said: “The topics the young people will be discussing are very much in the news and in the minds of people of all ages.

“Our young people have their own opinions on global issues and this is a great opportunity for them to express and debate them.”

The winning team will receive a glass trophy and funding towards travelling to London to visit the Houses of Parliament.