Seychelles plays its part in “Who is responsible for the future of our planet”? International Students debate held at The Living Rainforest
The Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Minister Alain St.Ange congratulated Georgia Dunlop for her commitment in not only working to increase the visibility of the Seychelles in the UK, but for bringing the series of school Debates to Victoria in the Seychelles.
Schools from across the globe came together at The Living Rainforest this week to debate one of the most pressing issues facing sustainability – Who is responsible for the future of our planet?
Two International Schools Debate&Prize-giving events will take place – one in the Northern Hemisphere and one in the Southern Hemisphere – they are the highlights of the Global Essay Competition run annually by The Living Rainforest. This year has seen an unprecedented number of essays, all to an extremely high standard.
There were over 800 essays submitted from 65 countries, including some as far afield as South Korea, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates. The panel of distinguished judges, drawn from experts and educationalists in the field, took time to review all of the essays and praised them for the high quality of their contributions.
Karl Hansen, Director of The Living Rainforest, said about the Debates and Essay Competition - “We wanted to hear what school children thought different groups in society should be doing to help solve growing global problems of unsustainable development. Do people’s rights and responsibilities differ around the world and if so, how? We were astounded by the range of views we received and how insightful the essays were.”
“By highlighting these issues and responsibilities, both here and in the Seychelles, we hope to inspire not just school children, but everyone around the globe to take responsibility for their actions and the future of our planet.”
In addition to one Grand Prize Winner, both categories (Primary and Secondary age groups), there are three top prize winners, as well as commendations, rewarding the hard work of the students. Winners will be congratulated at the Debates, which in the UK includes a tour of the Rainforest and workshops around the responsibility topic. The second half of the series of Debates took place near Victoria in the Seychelles featuring a unique educational programme hosted by the Seychelles Government.
During the debates, Students from Primary and Secondary Schools will discuss the influence and impact or different groups on the future of our planet – from the role the individual plays to the more coordinated efforts of the Government and the media.
“Is the Government solely responsible? NO. Are the people around us responsible? NO. Am I responsible? YES. If each and every one of us living in this planet starts to think in this manner then that’s the day which marks an important happening. Yes, each and every one of us would be ready to take responsibility for the future of our planet. ” An excerpt from one of the winning essays.
The 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the Global Schools Essay Competition, Nardos Tilahun, a 15 year old student from New Zealand, attended the Rio+20 summit with The Living Rainforest, and another Trophy Winner Kehkashan Basu now chairs the UN Major Group for Children and Youth and serves as Youth Advisor to the World Future Council.
Winning essays can now be read online at www.livingrainforest.org
Seychelles Tourism Ambassador Georgia Dunlop in the UK has been extremely instrumental in working with the group and coordinating the debate that took place on the 1st of July 2013 at the Botanical Gardens. Georgia is very passionate about eco-environment school programs and has dedicated her time and knowledge of the country to ensure that the group also has the opportunity to discover the islands of Seychelles.
Nearly 2 years ago Georgia coordinated to have one of the giant land tortoises of the Botanical Gardens adopted on a long lease to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in the UK.
About The Living Rainforest
The Living Rainforest is an educational charity that uses rainforest ecology as a metaphor for communicating sustainability issues to the public and specialist audiences. The charity’s visitor centre offers a unique rainforest experience with over 700 species of plants and animals, including many rare and endangered species of global biodiversity value. The visitor centre attracts over 80,000 visitors (including 22,000 children on educational tours) and over 155,000 web visitors a year.
The Living Rainforest is run by the Trust for Sustainable Living which is committed to creating a forum for adults and children to explore modern issues of culture and human ecology, ranging from the global to the local and from rainforests to the many challenges of sustainability found closer to home.
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