12th December 2003

 

STUDENTS GRAPPLE WITH CONFLICT ISSUES

 

Sixth-formers at Caistor Grammar School got to grips with some of the most pressing problems in world politics at a World Issues Day yesterday (Thursday).

 

The students got together with volunteers from the University of Lincoln to discuss conflict and resolution with a particular focus on the war in Iraq.

 

Representatives from Cameroon, Malaysia and Iraq volunteered to facilitate workshops around conflict issues with lower sixth-form pupils.

 

Three opposing views of the conflict in Iraq were explored: the US/UK coalition, the United Nations and the Islamic nations.

 

The intention was that by considering all three positions a greater understanding of the complex nature of the conflict and any hoped-for resolution would be understood.

 

A mock ‘Question Time’ was held and the afternoon culminated in a plenary session of presentations and discussions.

 

The event was organised as part of the University Community Volunteer Project which places students and staff in community volunteer roles.

 

This particular project – Lincs OWN (One World Network) – involves international students and staff working with children in local schools on curriculum issues.

 

A similar initiative will take place in February at St Peter at Gowt’s Primary School in Lincoln as part of a multi-cultural week.

 

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University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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