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Children leading the argument for change

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Jonathan Hill, project coordinator at The Global Child, delivering instructions for the debate.

We have the goal of creating community leaders.

The Global Child NGO has been selected by non-profit debating website Debatewise as Cambodia’s country coordinator of the Global Youth Panel.

Debatewise aims to involve 1,000 young people in 100 countries, and it will give them the opportunity to debate online about climate change during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from December 7-18.

As part of its educational curriculum, The Global Child has taught debating for more than 18 months, and its students began training their counterparts in other NGOs this week.

These NGOs include Sangkheum Centre for Children, Green Gecko project, This Life Cambodia, and Anjali House.
The Global Child project coordinator Jonathan Hill said the children would help plan the topics of the debates.

“We have the goal of creating community leaders, so they have to understand how to debate issues and that’s why it’s part of the curriculum,” Hill said.

After several practice runs, students will participate in two interactive public debates at Singing Tree Cafe during the first week of the December Copenhagen conference.

During that week they will also be involved in testing a new programme called Google Wave, essentially an online forum in the form of a document that can be simultaneously edited by participants.

“It’ll be part of their classes, so they’ll be uploading things all week,” Hill said.

“The final Google Wave document will be presented at Copenhagen as the world’s youth contribution to the debate.”

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