A Ron Dearing UTC student who is part of a global organisation dedicated to inspiring peace is set the represent the UK in Argentina later this year.
Year 11 student George Campbell-Hamilton, 15, is a member of Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV), a not-for-profit organisation which educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world.
It supports children and young people to develop their potential as future leaders and active citizens, encouraging them to make a difference in their own communities and across the world.
Members also build global friendships and networks, learning more about human rights, diversity, conflict resolution and sustainable development while promoting friendship and mutual understanding to achieve peace.
George will travel to Argentina as an International Peace Delegate on Boxing Day, December 27, and meet other delegates from across the world at the two-week camp.
George, who was inspired to join CISV after his sisters pursued similar paths with the organisation, said: “We talk about what’s happening in our own country, as well as about the environment and global issues.
“Being part of CISV since I was nine years old has given me more confidence to speak in front of large crowds and knowledge of new things happening in the world and human rights. I’ve learnt so much.
“You meet so many different people from different backgrounds and experience their culture. I’m really excited to go to Argentina and do the same there.”
George, who hopes to become an Astrophysicist, Anaesthetist or a Radiologist in the future, has already represented the UK at CISV camps in Portugal, Brazil and Sweden, as well as closer to home in London and Leeds.
He added: “I think people across the world can often be quick to act without thinking about the consequences on the environment and peace relations.
“Being part of CISV helps me to take into account a lot more factors around world issues than I would have done before.”
Founded in 1950, CISV member associations operate in more than 60 countries and over 200 cities around the world.
CISV is also an official partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which promotes world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture.
Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re incredibly proud of George and the work he is doing to broaden his own horizons while understanding and learning more about important global issues and cultures.
“The skills he is gaining through CISV will help him throughout his entire life, especially as he begins to think about his next steps after Ron Dearing UTC.
“We actively encourage our students to embrace opportunities like this this outside the classroom to enrich their learning and give them new experiences. We’re looking forward to hearing more about George’s trip to Argentina when he returns.”