Voluntary Sector: Taking action... First News and Save the Children vs international leaders

Protestors: First News and Save the Children
Location: Various, across the UK
Target: UK and foreign governments
Date: September 2008-09

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Weekly children's newspaper First News has launched what it claims to be the biggest ever schools campaign in a bid to draw attention to the use of child soldiers across the world. The campaign is urging the UK Government to highlight the suffering of child soldiers in countries including Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It wants international leaders to agree how action can be taken when fighting breaks out to prevent children becoming involved.

THE ACTION PLAN

The year-long campaign will target every school in the UK. Former child soldiers will be coming to the UK and will go into schools to talk about their experiences, along with government ministers and representatives from Save the Children.

OTHER TACTICS

Each school will sign a letter of support to International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander and the Foreign Secretary David Miliband, asking for protection for all children.

WHAT HAS THE GOVERNMENT SAID?

Both the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development are supporting the principle of the campaign. Miliband conceded: 'This campaign highlights the important issue of children damaged by conflict.'

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