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Pupils' poverty pledges

PUBLISHED: 11:16 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

PROMISE: A Glebe School pupil makes his own commitment to fight global poverty.

PROMISE: A Glebe School pupil makes his own commitment to fight global poverty.

MORE than 100 pupils met International Development Minister Mike Foster, to find out how they could make a difference to the lives of the world s poorest people. They each made personal promises, which included ideas such as shopping ethically and volunt

MORE than 100 pupils met International Development Minister Mike Foster, to find out how they could make a difference to the lives of the world's poorest people.

They each made personal promises, which included ideas such as shopping ethically and volunteering in their own community or in a developing country.

The key stage three students, from Glebe School, in Hawes Lane, West Wickham, met Mr Foster at Greenwich's National Maritime Museum last Thursday.

The event was part of the Department for International Development's (DfID) Youth Summit, entitled "How we can build our common future and eliminate world poverty."

Mr Foster said: "This has been an inspiring day. It's been great to discuss these issues with such motivated students.

"DfID's white paper has highlighted some big challenges in tackling global poverty but these students have shown they are willing to take these head on."

He added: "Personal promises like shopping ethically and calculating carbon footprints are small but significant actions that will make a real difference to people's lives."

Students took part in workshops on the global economic downturn, climate change and problems of conflict, corruption and security in developing countries.

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