A group of caring students from Cordeaux Academy are helping to fight against child slavery.
As part of their GCSE course for Citizenship they have to campaign on an issue.
The group made up of Dana Dixon, Leila Fredrichsen, Frances Austin, Emily Ferrier and Ellen Drabble have decided set up a campaign to ban child slavery in Africa.
The students say this covers 30 per cent of their final GSCE grade.
Dana said they were concerned to find out how widespread slavery in Africa is and want to make a stand and encourage others to do the same.
She told the Leader: “Myself and four other girls have come together and decided to raise the awareness of the serious issue which has been going on for a very long time and we think it’s time that people should start doing something to try to stop it.
“We have been doing some research and we found out that between 200,000 to 300,000 children are forced into some kind of slavery each year; children are only fed one meal and work for 14 hours every day and children are smuggled and sold across African countries even though it is illegal.
“This needs to stop.
2To raise awareness of this issue we have created a Twitter account @Slaveryban and we are going to be creating a website.
““e have written to our local MP Sir Peter Tapsell and the European Member of Parliament Bill Newton Dunn who both said that they would come in sometime in the New year.
“We know that David Cameron is very interested in getting young people like ourselves interested in issues and in the democratic process.”
They are asking peopel to sign their online petition so people realise how serious this issue is.
It can be found at www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/bacs
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