On the 27 January, fourteen Youth Ambassadors from all seven Edmund Rice secondary schools in England left for Geneva from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool. For members of the Edmund Rice Network Team this was the culmination of months of planning which began with our first Edmund Rice International conference in St. Ambrose College last June.
My deepest thanks go out to the head teachers and staff of the schools that supported our determination to allow our young people the opportunity to see at first hand the work of the Human Rights Council of the UN based in Geneva. Through the good offices of the Edmund Rice International community in Geneva, who opened up their home to us, we received an excellent grounding in their work with the Marist Brothers and Franciscans International. We were present for the Universal Periodic Review of Guyana and spent time sharing our Advocacy plans for each of our schools as well as planning a possible joint endeavour over the rest of this year.
I am hoping that the young people will tell their own story through this website and that of the ERI Youth Ambassador Facebook page
The Edmund Rice Network Team together with Mr. Pat Duffy from St. Mary’s College, who agreed to travel with us, we extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the excellent group of committed young people that shared the three days with us and with the ERI community. I look forward to good things coming from this experience.
David Kavanagh, Edmund Rice Schools Officer
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