Children ask Nato summit leaders for peace and no poverty

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First published in Gwent news

PRIMARY school pupils from two Newport schools have been given the chance to pen personal messages for the Nato world leaders ahead of the summit in September.

Classes from Mount Pleasant Primary School and Pillgwenlly Primary School have been writing messages which will be personally given to each of the 28 Nato representatives on a postcard.

Cath Bevan, headteacher at Pillgwenlly Primary School, told the Argus: “We’ve sent off our entries and were all absolutely delighted to have been invited to take part.”

Ms Bevan said entries include requests for no pollution or poverty, peace for all, and a world where people respect each other.

Prime minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama will be among those who will be given a bilingual postcard which will also depict images of Wales.

Five classes of nine and ten year olds and one community group from Wales were asked by first minister Carwyn Jones to submit ideas for what they would like changed by the time they are adults.

Mr Jones said: “The sheer number and seniority of world leaders coming to Wales in September is unprecedented and as a government we wanted children growing up in the host nation to feel a part of this.

“Nato leaders will hear the hopes of the children growing up in towns and villages right across Wales as they sit in summit talks.”

Andrew Rothwell, a teacher from Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport, said: “Writing these postcards has lit a flame in these children.

“We’d already talked a lot in class about this summit that’s happening on their doorstep and to now have the chance to be a part of it has really captured their imagination.”

Secretary of state for Wales, Stephen Crabb, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local children to voice their hopes for the future as Wales takes the global stage.”

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11:56am Sat 26 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Using school for politics? Not entirely sure this is appropriate even if the motive is sound.

"Kids - do as you're told based on my political feelings!" Not good for ANY side.

What's the betting NONE will seek security through availability of arms, and even if they did, would they be passed on?
Using school for politics? Not entirely sure this is appropriate even if the motive is sound. "Kids - do as you're told based on my political feelings!" Not good for ANY side. What's the betting NONE will seek security through availability of arms, and even if they did, would they be passed on? davidcp
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12:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

Israel, formal Nato description, "Major Non Nato Ally/MNNA"..... Israel, Gaza, Children, Sheltering, Bombed, Shelled, Murdered, Dismembered, Multiple War crimes. Join the Nato dots...
Israel, formal Nato description, "Major Non Nato Ally/MNNA"..... Israel, Gaza, Children, Sheltering, Bombed, Shelled, Murdered, Dismembered, Multiple War crimes. Join the Nato dots... KarloMarko
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2:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Those children's morals are very high-minded and admirable, not least because tbh when I was kid the first thing to spring to mind would have most probably have been to ask those well-loaded NATO toffs and bigwigs for cash...:)
Those children's morals are very high-minded and admirable, not least because tbh when I was kid the first thing to spring to mind would have most probably have been to ask those well-loaded NATO toffs and bigwigs for cash...:) Katie Re-Registered
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3:33pm Sat 26 Jul 14

davidcp says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Those children's morals are very high-minded and admirable, not least because tbh when I was kid the first thing to spring to mind would have most probably have been to ask those well-loaded NATO toffs and bigwigs for cash...:)
Not if what they are writing is what the teachers tell/encourage them to write - it's mind-melding whether it is pro or anti NATO.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Those children's morals are very high-minded and admirable, not least because tbh when I was kid the first thing to spring to mind would have most probably have been to ask those well-loaded NATO toffs and bigwigs for cash...:)[/p][/quote]Not if what they are writing is what the teachers tell/encourage them to write - it's mind-melding whether it is pro or anti NATO. davidcp
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7:46pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sword of truth says...

Completely laudable, if somewhat utopian. A big credit to the schools, the teachers and pupils. You can't start them too young, thinking about morals and right and wrong. It's got nothing to do with politics, right, left or centre.
What worries me, is the prospect of the Wales, sorry, Newport NATO summit becoming infamous as the event that triggered WW3.
With Uncle Sam and the leaders of the inner'naaational community, that nonsensical description of Dave, Ange, Francois et al, beloved by the State Department, these very dangerous times that we live in, may get a whole lot worse. Yes, the school bully - bad lad Vlad needs to get his comeuppance. Btw, that's Russia, one of the employers of Blair, the 'special' Middle East peace envoy so conspicuous by his absence lately from his patch - Palestine and Israel. When this current round of bloodletting subsides, and we've finished saying, there's awful, we quietly get on with the business that serves us best - exporting vast amounts of arms to anyone with the readies.
Completely laudable, if somewhat utopian. A big credit to the schools, the teachers and pupils. You can't start them too young, thinking about morals and right and wrong. It's got nothing to do with politics, right, left or centre. What worries me, is the prospect of the Wales, sorry, Newport NATO summit becoming infamous as the event that triggered WW3. With Uncle Sam and the leaders of the inner'naaational community, that nonsensical description of Dave, Ange, Francois et al, beloved by the State Department, these very dangerous times that we live in, may get a whole lot worse. Yes, the school bully - bad lad Vlad needs to get his comeuppance. Btw, that's Russia, one of the employers of Blair, the 'special' Middle East peace envoy so conspicuous by his absence lately from his patch - Palestine and Israel. When this current round of bloodletting subsides, and we've finished saying, there's awful, we quietly get on with the business that serves us best - exporting vast amounts of arms to anyone with the readies. sword of truth
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5:33pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Why should the event trigger WW3? if anything measures will be put into place exactly to prevent this happening.
Why should the event trigger WW3? if anything measures will be put into place exactly to prevent this happening. Limestonecowboy
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