4 September 2006


Students from Edmund Rice Schools in Victoria were joined by students from Loreto College at the recent social justice seminar held at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat.

Guest presenter Terry Robb from Oxfam spoke about Fair Trade – trade justice being one of the four key issues that needs to be addressed in order to eliminate global poverty.

With the finance ministers and central bank governors of the twenty wealthiest and most economically powerful nations in the world, (G20) due to meet in Melbourne on Nov 18-19, those of us who live in Victoria have a unique opportunity to urge that the plight of the world’s poor be given priority in the formulation of economic policy and decisions.

Students made plans for promoting awareness about trade issues in their school communities by means of school newsletters, assemblies, lunchtime activities, encouraging the purchase of Fair Trade products and through participation in events planned for the lead-up to the G20 meeting.

Students were also encouraged to participate in the ‘Stand Up’ global event planned for Oct 16-17. The event will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people ever to stand up for a cause and to demonstrate to world leaders that it is time to take a stand against poverty. Details can be found at the Make Poverty History website.

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