Saturday, March 28, 2009

4 days to G20: children have some advice for leaders

Finally, the single most important reason why G20 must solve the ongoing credit crisis: children.
BBC has an excellent story on how the crisis is affecting children in three schools in Glasgow, Islamabad and Mbabane.
“In future we think there will be fewer scholarships,” say students of Waterford Kamhlaba United World College in Mbabane, Swaziland.
“We have given up hobbies such as dance classes and sports as we simply can’t afford them anymore,” say students of St Ninian’s High School in Glasgow, UK.
“We would show the G20 leaders beggars in search of food in garbage disposals, filthy canals and along pedestrian tracks,” say students of Islamabad Convent School in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Mallika, 16, a student of Springdales School in New Delhi says: “The people who have had to bear the brunt are those who do not have steady jobs or income. Many of those below the poverty line are not receiving even a minimum wage. These are the people I would introduce to the G20 leaders because they reflect the true effects of the economic crisis. People who can barely afford a meal for their families on a daily basis.”

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