World's Biggest School Assembly - as it happened

Key points

  • The World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC: for one day, schools around the world have told us what matters to them
  • We've heard from schools from all over the world including pupils in Burma, Ghana, China, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, Ukraine, Indonesia, UK, and Spain
  • The environment, the credit crunch, education, social media, whaling, drugs, poverty, families and Nicki Minaj got young people around the world talking

    Good morning and welcome to the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC. Today, for 24 hours, schools across the world will be telling us what matters to them.

    The World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC

    We begin at 0100 BST and already schools have been in touch to tell us about their exciting plans.


    Our colleagues at the BBC World Service are also stationed at various schools around the globe, ready to bring you some fascinating stories.

    Multikids Academy We'll be hearing from Multikids Academy in Accra, Ghana later today

    Students at St Joseph's College in Albany, Western Australia have already held their assembly and this is what they had to say:

    "From May to October Humpback whales and Southern rite whales migrate through Albany (where we live), leaving their young in the harbour.

    "These are two of the species that are hunted in some countries. Our town's economy was once based on whaling but now tourists flock to see these majestic creatures in our harbour.

    "This is why whaling is important to us."


    We're really looking forward to hearing from St Philip Howard Catholic High School, West Sussex, later on. They're concerned that social media is affecting our ability to communicate face-to-face.


    St Joseph's Catholic College in Swindon, UK have plans to tackle a highly topical subject - unemployment. We'll find out later how confident their students feel about their future prospects.


    Pupils at Healesville Primary School in Australia are having their say via Twitter. You can join in the debate too using #bbcassembly

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    Healesville School,Victoria, Australia tweet:

    #bbcassembly I think my friends matter to me because they support me in what ever I do. Lillian

    #bbcassembly What matters to me is having my good friends by my side when I need them and to hang out with. Tali

    #bbcassembly The thing that is important to me is my family because they're loving, caring, and also friendly and I love them for that. Brian


    Don't forget BBC World Service will be featuring schools throughout the day and you can listen live here.


    BBC reporter Alex Jakana is with pupils at Multikids Academyin Accra, Ghana and will be on air with World Schools Have Your Say later.

    "The school is inspiring. The kids are looking forward to the World Schools Have your Say and they keep going over their chosen topics of discussion and fine-tuning their viewpoints.

    "The minute I pulled out my microphone, a number of them came to me and were eager to talk. That included a young deaf and dumb primary pupil who reached out, grabbed the mic and tried to speak into it.

    "It is inspiring to see children who struggle with autism, cerebral palsy, and ADD playing and studying alongside their main-stream colleagues."


    It's time to hear what matters to St. John Fisher College, near Brisbane on the east coast of Australia.


    St. John Fisher College, Australia have produced a great video in which students talk about what really matters to them. Take a look.

    St. John Fisher sent us this picture which they entitled 'school life'.  With rain drumming on the roof in London, we're a bit jealous... St. John Fisher also sent us this picture which they entitled 'school life'. With rain drumming on the roof in London, we're a bit jealous...

    Teacher at St. John Fisher College, Sharee Lane, says: "St John. Fisher is a school where people treat each other with respect and dignity - and where we value and celebrate our wonderful relationships in the everyday activities of school life".


    St. John Fisher is an all-girls Catholic school attended by around 460 students. So, what matters to them?

    "What matters to us is where we all come together to have fun and celebrate each other's wonderful and different talents" - Bridgeman, Year 10.

    Quinn, Year 8, adds: "Respecting each other. Our school is a place where everyone treats one another nicely. When you walk about the place, people you don't even know smile at you".


    Quinn adds: "If you were to go to our swimming carnival or athletics day, everyone in the whole school would cheer for you. If you weren't the best or if you were struggling, then they'd just cheer even harder."

    Great to hear, and this attitude obviously pays dividends - one St. John Fisher alumnus is swimmer Emily Seebohm, gold-medallist in the 2007 World Championships.

    A massive thanks to the college for participating in the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC!


    Join in the conversation - email us at, tweet us using #bbcassembly or comment on our Facebook page


    Over now to Green Oasis School in Shenzhen, China, a school with a multi-national flavour. They've got significant numbers of students from Korea, India, Taiwan and Hong Kong. So what matters to them?


    Before we hear from the pupils, here's a look at their assembly - which featured a flag-raising ceremony in the school playground:

    Pupils from Green Oasis school during their assembly Pupils from Green Oasis school during their assembly

    For student Jessica, what really matters is her future. "As a Korean student studying in an international school in China, there are some important decisions I have to make. I'll be leaving Green Oasis School after a year, and there are three options given to me. Each of these three options mean a different future - this is far too important and hard a decision for a 15-year-old girl to make."


    We're hearing of lots of exciting plans for the day ahead on The World's Biggest School Assembly. Eunrim Kang is a teacher at Dong Middle School in Jeju, South Korea. He tells us of his pupils' plans for their assembly:

    "In Korea, getting a job is so hard because there are not many chances due to the economical crisis. As a result students study too much to get good grades so that they can get a nice job when they grow up."

    He adds:

    "If we can share ideas about various jobs all over the world, our students will be able to dream their dreams widely!"


    And to sign off for Green Oasis School, in China, here's Sally with a comment we're sure all you students out there will agree with:

    "There are many things that are important to me, but one of the things that is very important is going to school. It helps me to find friends. It also helps me to find courage and make my reading better and better."


    We have received an amazing picture from M. C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth School in West Bengal, India as pupils gather for their assembly.

    Don't look down!  Pupils from M. C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth School in West Bengal, India, congregate for their assembly.  Don't look down! Pupils from M. C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth School in West Bengal, India, congregate for their assembly.

    We would love to see pictures from your assembly, so why not email them to us at ?


    We've heard from 79th Secondary School in Mongolia, a huge school with over 2000 pupils.


    Pupil Amajargalan tells us that they chose to talk about the Mongolian Ger (yurt) district, where most of their pupils come from, and Mongolian cultures as this is what matters to them.


    So it is Mongolian culture that matters most to pupils at 79th Secondary School. But what matters most to you? Please tell us - get in touch by emailing us at, tweet us using #bbcassembly or comment on our Facebook page


    It's 0200 GMT / 0300 BST. Coming up this hour, The World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC will be live on the BBC World Service! Listen live here


    BBC reporter Jill McGivering is at Hangzhou Entel School in China and will be live on air during the World Today on the BBC World Service. You can listen live.


    The World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC is taking place all day across the globe. We've already heard from schools in Mongolia, Australia, India, China and Korea - to name but a few! Would your school like to take part too? Get in touch via and tell us what matters to you.


    Let's find out now what matters to Brentwood Secondary College - a co-educational secondary school located 25 km from Melbourne, Australia.

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    One of our schools in Thailand, tweets:

    Sawasdee! Our day has started, the National Anthem has played & the Thai flag was raised. #BBCAssembly #whys


    Brentwood Secondary College in Australia tell us that, two years ago, they decided to improve their student leadership programme. The students are now spearheading changes on school policies, facilities, resources, infrastructure and curriculum.

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    BBC World Have Your Saytweets: Over the entire 24hrs of May 8th we're letting young people set the agenda. Get involved at #BBCAssembly #whys

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    BBC World Have Your Saytweets: #BBCAssembly begins with pupils at Dagon 1 school in #Yangon (Rangoon) discussing social media #whys


    Live now on the World Today is Hangzhou Entel School in China. They are talking about the pressure they feel when deciding whether to study abroad. You can listen live online


    Time to hear from our school SMA 4 Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia. They have been in touch using our Facebook page and have been talking about the education system in Indonesia.


    One pupil from SMA 4 Denpasar school in Indonesia, Ida, comments: "Education in Indonesia has a number of unimportant subjects, we are one of the countries with the most numbers of subjects in educational curriculum. I'm in a science class, but still, I should learn history. For what?"


    Take a look at this clip from the 'Green Team' from Brentwood Secondaryin Australia. What matters to these students? "Working together to make a more sustainable college" and "making a positive difference and practical change in their community".

    Brilliant stuff - and a big thanks to the College for taking part today!


    It's not too late for your school to tell the world what matters to you! We have everything you need to take part on the World Class website - The World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC


    Let's find out what matters to pupils at SMP Kesatuanschool, in Bogor, Indonesia. They recently celebrated 'Education Day', which teacher Asep Supriansyah tells us is "very important for us, to help us remember to improve our education every day".


    Throughout the day on the BBC World Service, we'll be hearing from students taking part in the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC. Already, pupils from China have been on air telling us about what matters to them. Listen up in the next hour, as students from the Dagon 1 Basic Education High School in Yangon, Burma will be live on air. Highlights to come on this site shortly!

    Pupils at the Dagon 1 Basic Education High School get ready to go live on the BBC World Service Pupils at the Dagon 1 Basic Education High School get ready to go live on the BBC World Service

    Don't forget you can listen live to BBC World Service online all day.


    Students at SMP Kesatuan school, in Bogor, Indonesia sent us a picture from their assembly, showing a pupil delivering a speech about Raden Ayu Kartini - a women's rights activist who they say is viewed as a heroine and role model to young Indonesians.

    Pupils from SMP Kesatuan listen to a speech as part of their assembly

    We're looking forward to hearing from students taking part in the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC at Dagon 1 Basic Education High School. The school is in Burma and it was once attended by Nobel laureate and pro-Democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi who recently took her seat in Burma's parliament.


    We're giving a voice to schools all over the world today with the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC and we want to hear from you! Join the debate and comment on what others are saying - email us at, tweet us using #bbcassembly or comment on our Facebook page


    Today we're hearing from schools around the globe. Founding director of the Kalibobo School in Papua New Guinea has been in touch to tell us what her children have been discussing.


    Live now on the BBC World Service are pupils from the Dagon 1 Basic Education High School in Burma - they are talking all about using social media.


    Earlier we heard from the Hangzhou Entel School in China. Listen again to what the pupils there had to say when they featured on the BBC World Service - Pupils in China on studying overseas


    The Kalibobo School in Papua New Guinea is a private international primary school for children aged 5 to 12 years. They have just 14 pupils on the school roll, with 10 nationalities represented between them. Here's what some of their students had to say:

    "Smokes, beer and drinks are drugs. We think beer and drinks are the same as drugs...Everyone should stop making alcohol and stop making drugs. That's what's important to us right now."


    Teresa is a teacher at the Kalibobo School. She says:

    "What we found interesting as observers is that the children saw no discrepancies between alcohol and illegal drugs - adults always tend to make a distinction, but these children don't see a difference. "

    The Kalibobo School discuss what matters to them The Kalibobo School discuss what matters to them with their teacher Mrs Bonita Jimlake
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    The Garden International Schoolin Bangkok, Thailand, tweet: Garden International School Bangkok have just finished discussing issues important to them for #bbcassembly. Lots of very thoughtful comments.

    We'll look forward to hearing more about what the Garden International School discussed later today!


    If you're just joining us, we're asking schools around the world: "What matters to you?" It's easy to get involved, just follow these simple steps:


    Pupils from Dagon 1 Basic Education High Schoolin Burmawent live on the BBC World Service earlier. They talked about using social media. Here's what some of the students said:

    "In teenage life we must have communication."

    "The [internet] connection is the problem - it is really slow, so we cannot find out what we want to."

    We'll be putting their full discussion up on this site shortly!


    We're four hours into the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC. Thanks to everyone who's taken part so far.

    We've already heard from plenty of interesting schools across the world, but there is plenty more to come!


    It's 0500 BST. Coming up on the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC in the next hour:

    The BBC World Service will be live from the world's biggest school. The City Montessori School in Lucknow, India has more than 42,000 pupils. They study in 20 different locations across the city!


    Don't forget to tune into the BBC World Service to hear what the pupils in Lucknow will be talking about. You can listen live here.


    The Garden International School in Bangkok, Thailand, tweet:

    The children of Year 1 @gisbangkok were very concerned about the global issues of poverty and hunger. #bbcassembly


    Here's another great photo from M. C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth School in West Bengal, India.

    Neel Gupta, Principal at the school, says: "We've formed this human chain to express solidarity, cooperation, teamwork and unity - we thought these represented the underlying ideas of the World's Biggest School Assembly."

    Pupils at M. C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth School in West Bengal, India, form a human chain for the World's Biggest School Assembly

    A big thank you to all the students at M.C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth School who took part in the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC. What a fantastic photo!


    BBC reporter Anu Anand is live on the BBC World Service right now from the world's biggest school - The City Montessori School Lucknow, India.


    The pupils at the Dagon 1 Basic Education High School in Burma discussed their use of social media earlier. You can listen again to what they said here - Pupils in Burma on using social media

    What do you think about social media and the internet? Does it worry you? Or do you think it is a good thing? Have your say by emailing us at


    If you're just joining the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC then we want to hear from you! Get in touch by emailing us at, tweet us using #bbcassembly or comment on our Facebook page


    Shifting the focus now to Kahala, Hawaii, where Hawaii Chinese Immersion School is based. The school teaches Mandarin to non-native children.

    The school deserve a special mention for organising their assembly a day early! With teaching starting at 3pm each day, and Hawaii 10 hours behind GMT, it's just coming up to Monday tea-time there - so well done for managing to take part!


    So what matters to students holding their assembly at Hawaii Chinese Immersion School?

    Teacher Ms Lily tells us: "What matters most to us is recognising that we are not insulated from the world. As 'no man is an island' - even if we live on the most isolated land mass (Hawaii) on earth".


    Thanks to Ms Lily's class from Hawaii Chinese Immersion School in Hawaii for taking part in the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC. They've been discussing what matters to them.

    Pupils from the Chinese Immersion School pose for the World's Biggest Assembly

    Deborah, a pupil from Hawaii Chinese Immersion School, says what matters to her is "learning about Chinese culture because it helps me to connect with my family."

    For Daralyn, it's "learning new and different things", and for Lexie, it's "getting a chance to learn a different language".

    A really big thanks to the school for taking part - hopefully we bought the world a bit closer to Hawaii today!


    It's 0600 BST. London is waking up, and the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC is taking place across the globe. In the next hour we'll be hearing from students at the world's biggest school - The City Montessori School in Lucknow in India. They'll be live on the BBC World Service talking about what's important to them.

    But we also want to hear from you. Hold your own school assembly, take part in ours and tell us what matters to you. Email in via


    Something a bit different now, as we focus on the theme of sport here at the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC. We asked students from Hangzhou Entel School in China about their favourite sports, and got quite a range of answers.

    We'll be posting some of these over the next half-hour. Tell us what you think. Do you agree with their comments? Or do you disagree? Join the discussion by emailing us at


    First up on our sporting mini-thread is Ted, 13. He's a pupil at Hangzhou Entel school. He says: "I would think that basketball would be the favourite sport for me - although I am not very good at it, as I'm quite short! But it's pretty good for me because it includes running, jumping, and shooting - and it is a sport that people play in almost every country".


    More on the sport debate taking place as part of the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC: Lucy from Hangzhou in China says she likes long distance running "because when you run you can think about a lot of things. When I run I push my limit to extremes and I really enjoy that."

    A fellow pupil, Shee, meanwhile, loves gymnastics "because you see not only speed and physical strength in gymnastics but you also see beauty."

    Please tell us what your favourite sports are. Do you enjoy watching or participating? We'd love to hear from you on


    While the sport debate continues, there are plenty of other issues being discussed today. We heard from the Garden International School in Bangkok, Thailand earlier and they've been in touch again to tell us more about what matters to them.


    The Garden International School is open to children from two to 16 years of age and has almost 40 different nationalities among the pupils.

    The children of Year 1 were very concerned about the issues of poverty and hunger. They explained that the solution to this issue was very simply about sharing.

    Eight-year-old Binta says: "We care about plant life so that we can have oxygen and clean air to breathe. Without trees and plants there would be no food. Plants also make the world beautiful which makes you feel fresh and happy."


    Back on the sport debate one pupil has a completely different perspective.

    "I am one of those students who doesn't enjoy sports at all...Sport to me is like suffering - a really big challenge."

    But not a wholly fruitless one: "It teaches the lesson no pain, no gain."


    So, a few different opinions so far on the importance of sport. We'll be holding a few similar discussions today on various topics, so keep an eye out for those.

    Whether you're a student or a teacher, we're keen to know: is sport important in your school? And if not, what is? Let us know! Just email your thoughts to


    More from pupils from the Garden International School in Bangkok, Thailand where children across the school gave their views.

    Their year four students decided that trees and water were important to them: "The trees are most important because they give you food, oxygen and paper," said Alex, 8, with Katie, 9, adding, "we need water otherwise we will get dehydrated".

    With the rainy season approaching, students in year five discussed the issue of flooding in the area. Year six pupils focused on environmental issues: "If we keep polluting this planet we'll have nothing left," said James, 11, while the provision of inclusive and accessible education as a right for all children concerned year seven pupils the most.


    A special congratulations to Sekolah Bisa!in Indonesia- this school's name literally means: "I Can School!" Pupils there celebrated the school's first birthday on May 3.

    The school was built by 16 and 17-year-old students from The British International School in Jakarta.

    Sekolah Bisa is one of our smallest schools taking part today, with just 25 pupils, all of whom live in an adjacent shanty, and who otherwise would have no access to education.


    And a final contribution from pupils at the Garden International School in Bangkok. They've sent some thoughts in from their year eight and nine pupils.

    "The topic that most concerns us at the moment is the extinction of species. We are worried about this because once a species is lost it is gone forever and cannot be brought back.

    "We don't think that enough is done to protect endangered species to stop them from becoming extinct."

    Their year nine pupils cited two strong leaders who are role models for peace - Martin Luther King and Gandhi.


    AleyPublic School have been in touch via our Facebook page: "Assembly in will start in few minutes, let's hope this day meets success!"


    Take a moment to look at this slideshow. It shows pupils from Sekolah Bisa- a school in Indonesia. The school's name means "The I Can School".

    Here are many of the school's pupils in their assembly, discussing what matters to them.

    Pupils from Sekolah Bisa! in their assembly, discussing what matters to them

    Via Facebook: "Assembly at Makassed Khalil Shehab School, Lebanon, will begin in 10 minutes. Fingers crossed :)"


    Agus, the oldest child at Sekolah Bisa, had to drop out of government school a year ago. Sekolah Bisa provides him with a free education. What matters to him? A good teacher.


    As well as online the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC is taking place on air too. You can listen to the BBC World Service here, where we have already hearc from pupils in Burma, China and India. Check our live stream for highlights!


    Coming up after 0600 GMT/0700 BST the BBC World Service will be at the Jesuits School in Cairo, Egypt.

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    This is a photo of pupils in the library of the main building of the Jesuit School in Cairo. The BBC World Service will be transmitting live from here shortly - students are testing the equipment ready for their moment on air!

    Pupils at the Jesuits School in Cairo prepare for broadcast Pupils at the Jesuits School in Cairo prepare for broadcast

    Take a look at this great photo of Wesgreen International Schoolin Sharjah, UAE during their assembly!

    Wesgreen International School in their assembly

    The Year 4 pupils at Wesgreen International School in the United Arab Emirates felt that advertising mattered the most to them.

    Aisha said: "Sometimes I think advertisers don't really tell the truth about their product", while Niveen noted that adverts only feature famous people because "people who are famous can make a lot of money for companies".

    Well done and thanks to Wesgreen International School for taking part!

    What do you think of the issues they chose to discuss? Do you worry about advertising, or does something else matter to your school? Let us know by emailing


    Lots of interesting discussions taking place on the BBC World Service this morning where students taking part in the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC have been talking live to our reporters.

    Earlier today we heard from pupils at Froebel's International School in Islamabad, Pakistan. They shared their views on how the world sees their country. listen again here


    If you're just joining us, we're asking schools around the world: "What matters to you?" It's easy to get involved, just follow these simple steps:


    The British International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have been taking part in the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC.

    They told us that the issue that matters to them is recycling.

    The school is also raising money for orphanages in Nepal, and homeless children in Lebanon.

    What matters to students in your school? Let us know by emailing


    Teacher Anisa Wright at the British International School in Riyadh told us: "Seven of our sixth form went to Nepal in November last year to work in the orphanages we support, and to distribute shoe boxes full of gifts which we collected at school."

    "Some students visited a prison to distribute blankets that were bought with the money we raised."


    This is the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC. One question: What matters to you?

    We've already heard from all kinds of schools across the globe - one school with just 14 pupils in Papua New Guinea and one in Lucknow, India which has 42,000 pupils.

    Be part of the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC too. Email us and tell us about what you've discussed at your school assembly on


    That's it for Russell and Will. Karen and Stephanie will be your hosts for the next few hours.

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    Students at St Joseph's College, in western Australia, say they have been talking about other countries killing whales. They live and study in Albany, on the country's western coast, where there are lots of whales. What matters to your school? Tell us by emailing


    Pupils in Wesgreen International School in UAE, are talking about bullying.

    Ali says, "Bullying is a very bad thing. When you bully someone you hurt their feelings and because of this they might not want to come to school."

    Assembly at Wesgreen school Assembly at Wesgreen school
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    At St John's secondary school in Cyprus they have been discussing Afghanistan. Many of the students' parents serve in the military and what happens thousands of miles away from their classrooms has a direct impact on their lives. As 15-year-old Conor explains: "As we are a military community one in three of us will probably have family and/or friends serving out in Afghanistan... It is so hard for us to see someone close to us walk out the front door, not knowing whether they are going to come back or whether that is the last time you are going to see them".


    Students at The City Montessori School in Lucknow in India and Hangzhou Entel School in China have been sharing their concerns about the pressure to perform placed on pupils by parents and staff. Listen to what they have been saying. Do you too feel stressed by having to get results? Let us know on Facebook, or by email:


    The Beaconhouse school in Islamabad are concerned about child labour. The pupils feel that it is unfair that some children have to work in unsafe environments to support their families. They also miss out on their education. Is it unfair for children to work and miss school? Tell us what you think

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    A school with real green credentials, the British International School, in Riyadh, is an eco-friendly school. Everyone there is very excited about meeting the ambassador later today, says 11-year-old Maria.

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    Pupils at Mount St Mary's College, in Spinkhill, near the UK city of Sheffield, are also feeling the pressure, like their fellow students in India and China. "They are having to work long hours at the moment, and feel that this is a life-changing time for them," writes their sixth form tutor, Mr Howes.

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    Maliha, from the Apple Tree International School, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, says that they have been talking about poverty in one of the world's most densely populated countries, where almost half of the population live below the national poverty line. "For this reason lots of children do not get chance to go to school. The students want to collect some money for those children, from their pocket money."

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    More from St John's secondary school in Cyprus. Kyle says he has been shocked by what he says is animal cruelty in Cyprus. "Although they might be only animals they still mean the world to me," he writes. "Animal cruelty should be stopped, because they are living beings and deserve to live and not be harmed, also, secondly, they deserve the right to lead a happy life."

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    Mount St Mary's College, Spinkhill, England are concerned about the economy and how this will impact their job prospects when they get older. In their assembly, they also discussed the lack of vaccinations available for children in the developing world.

    Are you concerned about getting a job when you get older? What do you think about the availability of vaccinations? Email your thoughts


    If you're just joining us - welcome to the World's Biggest Assembly on the BBC! We're asking schools around the world: "What matters to you?" It's easy to get involved, just follow these simple steps:

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    From the heart of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, the pupils of Matero Girls High School have been talking about the non-payment of school fees. The head has invited pupils and their parents to explain why they haven't been able to pay and said it may be possible to pay the fees in instalments. At Mount St Mary's College, near the British town of Sheffield, students are also thinking about their finances, student loans and the prospects of earning a living in the future.


    From our Facebook page Giusi Lazzara, from the Aeronautical Technical State School in the southern Italian town of Catania, says they will soon be discussing an anti-mafia demonstration students plan to take part in. It will be called One Hundred Steps for Catania, inspired by the film I Cento Passi by Marco Giordana about the life of a political activist killed by the mafia.


    Kenyan school, Bishop Okiring Secondary, in the rural district of Mount Elgon, produced international athletes Moses and Linet Masai. Today's pupils are concerned that some families in the region are starving due to food shortages.

    Pupils outside Bishop Okiring school Pupils outside Bishop Okiring school

    Pupil Phoebe says, "I'm concerned about education for girls education because in our culture it is not given priority."

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    Finances are at the top of the agenda for the Beford Academy, in the UK, too where, in under an hour, students will be discussing how \u00a31million should be spent in their community. Let us know what tops your list, tweet us: #bbcassembly or #BBC_WHYS

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    Pupils at Coll\u00e8ge de la Sainte Famille school Pupils at Coll\u00e8ge de la Sainte Famille school

    Have a look photos at the assembly that took place in Coll\u00e8ge de la Sainte Famille, Cairo. Pupils from the school have been talking about what matters to them on the BBC World Service.

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    In Pangbourne Primary School, south-eastern England, children are concerned for others who are frightened and scared because of conflict. They want countries to join together to bring peace to the world, says headteacher Melissa Fry.


    Selene in Spain writes that what matters to her is to be able to study art at college, but her parents are not keen and want her to study science. She says that they worry about her future job prospects.

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    A massive hello to all the children around the world from the pupils at St Botolph's Primary School, in Peterborough, England! Check out how they said good morning without using a single word (clue: it involves a mexican wave...). We love seeing and hearing what you are up to. Send us your videos to


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    Family and friends matter more than anything for the pupils of Stanmore Primary School, in Winchester, UK, and also for some of the students at the Colegio Arenas Atl\u00e1ntico, in Gran Canaria. "They help me when I am bad and I have problems," explains Joseph who studies at the Spanish school.


    Pupils Mount St Mary's College, Derbyshire, are discussing appearances. Girls are talking about make up and some boys felt that they should be allowed to wear their hair long if they wished.

    Other pupils at the school felt that their future job prospects, exams and healthy eating were pressing issues to discuss than their appearance.

    What is more important to you, your appearance or your future and wellbeing? Email

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    Olesia, from Ukraine's Zalishchyky State Gymnasia says that she dreams of being a journalist. "It's important to do what you love and be satisfied with your job... in such a way inspiration will be always present during your whole life.... I want to do something good for all people, for our country, for disabled or ill people. I want to be a modern revolutionary or something like that."

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    Mr Cooke, head teacher at the Plymouth Grove Primary School, in the UK, invites everyone to check out their school blog to see what they have been talking about - positivity, equality and family are just some of their topics today.


    Children in Bonnybridge, Scotland have been discussing the problem of underage drinking and smoking. Jason, feels sad that there are teenagers who drink and smoke in the village.

    Another pupil, Ndu is worried about Scotland becoming an independent country.

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    Paco, Daniel, Juan Carlos and Claudia, at the Colegio Arenas Atl\u00e1ntico, on Gran Canaria, write: "On our island, we have a really serious problem with petrol - our government wants to start looking for oil near our coast, and that will be a very horrible situation, because we will loose the essence of the Canary Islands".

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    From York, in the UK, Millthorpe School says they are going to be talking about Ugandan warlord Joseph Ko who abducts children and forces them to fight. "We chose this issue as it is horrifying and also reflects how lucky we are to live in a free society," explains pupil Adam.

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    Children at Spooner Row Primary School in Norfolk. Talking about families during assembly at the Spooner Row Primary School in Norfolk
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    Students at City Montessori School in Lucknow, India with Anu Anand It's the biggest school in the world and here are just two of the 42,000 students at City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, with Anu Anand from the BBC's World Schools Have Your Say

    If you have just joined us this is the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC. Schools everywhere are telling us what matters to them. Listen to schools have their say on World Schools Service radio. Email your comments to Also Tweet and find us on Facebook.


    This morning St Mary's CEP School Folkestone had a video link assembly with Eurokids, Kenton College, Hillcrest School and Peponi House schools in Kenya. They discussed their hopes for peace during the Kenyan elections remembering the violence that erupted in 2008. Children are also concerned about the heavy rains that have caused flooding and landslides in parts of the country.


    400 pupils from Upton Primary school, Bexley took part in their assembly. Among other issues, they talked about teenage gangs. Pupils said they do not feel that it is safe to walk the streets at night.


    Mount St Mary's College, Sheffield, discussed the financial issues that some parts of Europe face. Pupils are concerned about how they will find work in the future.


    Pupils in Liceo Scientifico Copernico, Italy feel that their city, Prato, has been hit hard by the European financial crisis.

    Prato has a big community of immigrant workers who have been hit hard by job loses. These pupils feel that the solution is for everyone to work together to make things better for everyone.

    What issues have affected affected your, city, town, or village? Email us at


    Tune in to World Have Your Say on the BBC World Service at 1130 BST when the BBC's Jill McGivering is with the pupils of China's Hangzhou Entel School and Soe Win Than is in Yangon, Burma.

    Bedford Assembly

    Tweets: Our area is very multi-cultural, we get along well but I would like for these groups to express their culture. #BBCassembly #BBC_WHYS

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    'Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink' Emmbrook Junior School in Wokingham, England, are talking about the drought and how it is difficult to understand how we have so little water when we have had lots of rain lately!


    Pupils in Fairlands school, Somerset, UK have just finished their assembly on 'Our families - a journey from the personal to the global'.

    They discussed school, personal, national and global families.

    Pupils at Fairlands school in their assembly Pupils at Fairlands school in their assembly
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    Tweets a series of updates on how one class are taking part: "Dolphin class are mapping out everything that is important to us, from local places to national and international... Manav from Dolphin class feels humbled when learning about other schools around the world... 'We are very lucky' Dolphin class are talking about enjoying every moment of primary school life, as soon they will be moving on..." She adds "Events like #bbcassembly are brilliant as they bring the world together..."


    Five minutes until a special World's Biggest Assembly edition of World Have Your Say. Tune in to World Have Your Say on the BBC World Service at 1130 BST and join pupils from all over the world answering the question: 'What matters to you?'

    Sami Sino Lebanon

    Posts on the wall of the World Class facebook page: "Hello, I'm a student from MaKassed School in Lebanon and I took part in the world's biggest school assembly by talking about Global Warming."


    Students at Hangzhou Foreign Languages School kick off World Schools Have Your Say live from their school in eastern China. They share dormitories with three other students, and don't wear uniforms all the time.


    143 pupils aged 4-9 years at Stoke Prior First School, Worcestershire,UK, are worried about the riots that happened last year. They want to 'feel safe'.

    Pupils were also concerned about ice caps melting and that homes could be lost under the sea. They have planted trees in the school grounds and are hoping to provide homes for animals.

    Do you worry about your safety? Are your concerned about the environment? Email

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    Students at northern Italy's Liceo Copernico, in Prato, have been thinking about the changes to their city. "Prato has a population of about 190,000 people, of whom around 35,000 are Chinese - perhaps the highest concentration of Chinese in Europe, outside a major city.... In addition to the economic crisis we have another important question to face, cohabitation. We chose a key-word to describe the situation of our city: respect," they write.

    Shweta Handa

    Posts on the World Class facebook page: "DAV Public School, Sreshtha Vihar, delhi, India had a successful interaction with its partner school Northland Junior, U.K. in the BBC World's Biggest Assembly today. Students of both the schools had their say on 'what matters to me'. It was an enthralling and great learning experience. All in all we had a good time. Thank you Jennifer, Northland Junior's students and BBC for this opportunity."


    On air now, students in Hangzhou are talking about changing attitudes in China to same sex relationships. Pupils at this secondary school have chosen which topics they want to talk about on air. They have lots of different views on this topic.


    Pupils at the Stonelow Junior School, in Derbyshire, England, are talking about homelessness - people in debt are losing their homes and some people have to go and stay with their friends or move back to their families. They've also noticed more people sleeping rough.


    Banbridge High School, Northern Ireland has connections with a Polish school. They are concerned about negative views of the Polish migrant workers in their community. They want to know how they can change this. One pupil, Nathan, believes that even if there was not a global recession and jobs were readily available, these negative attitudes would still exist.

    What do you think? Email


    Students at Bulgaria's Maxim Gorkylanguage school, in Stara Zagora, are thinking about life after graduation. They are worried about what they'll be able to study and how they'll find a job afterwards.

    Shaimaa Khalil Cairo, Egypt

    Tweets a picture of students in Egypt who are taking part: With students in #Jesuites #Cairo talking abt today's #WHYS All v excited to link up with other students #bbcassembly

    BBC Producer Shaimaa Khalil with students in CAiro
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    The students atLondon's Paddington Academy are discussing the London riots which took place last year and the effects of gang culture in their local neighbourhood.


    The pupils of China's Hangzhou Entel School are on air now linking with pupils in Burma. Listen live to what they are talking about - how they over-ruled the school authorities on uniform, what they ate for lunch (frogs!), and using the internet. Facebook is blocked in China, but students at Hangzhou Foreign Languages School use other social networking sites.

    Ilnur Minakhmetov in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

    tweets: Lyceum No.2 Assembly kicks off in 45 mins. 20 schoolboys from Kazan, Russia/Tatarstan are discussing "what matters to us" issues #BBCAssembly


    PSBBKN School in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India have been talking about whether or not school uniforms should be discarded. They have a school assembly

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    The war in Afghanistan seems to show that violence is okay, say the pupils of Essex Primary School, in London, UK, but this is different from what schools teach - that violence is not a way to achieve change.


    The Akrotiri School, Cyprus teaches children who have parents in the British Forces serving in Afghanistan. They miss their parents and worry about them. The children are busy getting ready for their SATs exams. They are feeling both excited and scared about the changes that are ahead of them.

    Pupils at Akrotiri school Pupils at Akrotiri school

    Pupil Connor feels that 'SATs give me the chance to show what I can really do.'How do you feel about exams? Email


    City Montessori students in Lucknow, India join the discussion on World Schools Have Your Say. They've come into school specially on their day off. Their school is the biggest in the world - 42,000 pupils!

    Via Twitter Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, UK

    tweets: For us at Wells, it our international links and passion for music that matter most. #bbcassembly


    Pupils at Highfields School, Derbyshire, all voted that world peace was what mattered to them.

    Highfields School Highfields School

    School teacher, Jayne, says "what we have done today, in giving young people a voice, is interesting to see and our students thought this was also important to them".

    BBC World Have Your Say

    tweets: " #bbcassembly Lucknow, India in biggest school in the world 42,000 kids. One girl asks why can't girls wear western style clothes like boys," and also "Pupils talking to #whys at City Montessori School in Lucknow, India #bbcassembly"

    Students at City Montessori School in Lucknow, India
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    Head teacher Mrs Cobb says her students at the West Wycombe Combined School, in the UK, have had a very interesting discussion about poverty, the rising cost of living and environmental issues such as deforestation, floods and droughts.

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    Pupils fromUpton-by-Chester High School, in Chester, UK, have been thinking about the importance of water. "Everyone should have access to clean water without having to walk for miles to get it. In our opinion, water is the most important as, without it, you cannot survive," one pupil writes.

    Sophie West in London, UK

    tweets: Students in #Islamabad talking about being stereotyped by the outside world & negative portrayals of Pakistan #whys #bbcassembly


    A pupil in the Canary Islands, Spain, loves the pop group One Direction! She thinks that 1D are really talented singers.

    Do you like One Direction? Who is your favourite singer or band? Email


    Students in Hangzhou, China ask the pupils in Burma/Myanmar if they have arguments with their parents?


    If you have just joined us this is the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC - welcome! Schools everywhere are telling us what matters to them. Listen to schools have their say on World Service radio. Email your comments to You can also join in by sending us a Tweet or find us on Facebook.

    Julia Macfarlane

    tweets: @BBCRosAtkins 42,000 students... Parent Teachers' day must be a nightmare #whys


    Pupils at Colegio Arenas Atl\u00e1ntico school, Gran Canaria feel that mobile phones matter to them, but they can live without one if they had to.

    Are mobile phones important? Email with your comments

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    Isabel, from Spain's Arenas School, says what matters to her is... football! "When I play football it is like I have liberty. I'm not thinking about anything else," she writes.


    Froebel's International School in Islamabad, Pakistan joins in the discussion with schools in India, China, Burma/Myanmar and Egypt on BBC World Service radio. They're taking part in World Schools Have Your Say.

    Students are interested in how Pakistan is perceived by the rest of the world.


    King Richard School Dhekeliapupils in Cyprus have been talking about bullying, nuclear issues, animal cruelty and pollution.

    The school voted at the end of the assembly about which topic they were most interested in. Students wondered if it made them look typically British - 'a nation of animal lovers'? Animal cruelty took 45% of the vote, pollution polled 22%, bullying 19% and nuclear issues 12%. There were two spoiled papers.

    World Have Your Say

    tweets: #bbcassembly :China, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Burma/Myanmar all chatting to one another on #whys Here's @jmcgivering

    Jay McGivering at a school in China for #bbcassembly

    Jesuit School students in Cairo were asked if tradition holds the country back. Mustafa says tradition always exists but is getting less important. Other students say that many Egyptians think a president should be strong, a dictator like a Pharaoh and this sometimes holds the country back. They're taking part in a radio discussion with students from China, Pakistan, Burma/Myanmar and India on World Schools Have Your Say.

    Mark Sandell Editor of BBC World Have Your Say

    tweets: Burmese kids to Indian kids : "Are your traditions holding you back ?" "no, we're a modern looking country" #bbcassembly #whys

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    Pupils at the Arenas School, Spain, have emailed to say that family and friends are what really matter to them.


    St Bernadette's Primary School, East Sussex, want to say a big 'hello!' to other children around the world. They have set up a page on our school website for pupils to vote for the issues which matters most to them. The results will announced in the school later this week.


    Pupils at City of London School for Girls are very worried about the steep decline in the bee population. They worry about the impact this will have on plants and on the world's food supplies.

    Jake Topa Pegi in Nigeria

    joins the conversation on the World Class Facebook page, writing: Hi everyone, we at Topmax City College are currently discussing the threat of corruption and terrorism to Nigeria.

    Assembly in West Pennards school, UK Assembly in West Pennards school, UK

    Today children at West Pennards school, UK voted their homes, family and friends were what mattered to them.


    A 12 year old girl from St Johns School in Cyprus says that the conflict in Afghanistan is very important to students at her school. She says 'many of our parents have to go to Afghanistan (we will not see them for a few months) as we are in a military school. Anything can happen, to them we just don't know what, we're just waiting for them to walk through the front door unharmed. Many times when we hear on the radio that a soldier has died our hearts start thumping, then we find out that it's not our parent and the stress wears off, but we still feel bad as someone from our nation has died. My dad has been to Afghanistan and luckily come back unharmed.'

    Ros Atkins Presenter, BBC World Have Your Say

    tweets: We're off to a school in east London. IT guy is unblocking FB and twitter for us on school network. Normally it's banned. #bbcassembly #whys

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    St Lawrence CE Junior School, Surrey, want to make sure that their gransparents are cared for as they get older.

    Do you worry about your grandparents? Email

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    Thomlinson Junior School, Cumbria, received a message from their twin school in Uganda about improving health and livelihoods in rural areas.

    The Ugandan school said: "today we as your brothers and sisters from Africa, we share with you in celebrating the world school assembly day. What matters to us is that the world has become a global village."


    Pupils at Westminster Academy in London, UK have been talking about local issues. They say there is too much traffic and too many people in their city, and think the recent elections for Mayor of London were very important.

    York House at Royal Russell Junior School in Croydon, UK think global warming is the most important issue of our times. Pupils try to use public transport wherever possible.

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    Molly, Matthew and Tom from Upton-by-Chester High School, Chester, UK have been talking about health care. They feel that it is "unfair to have a situation where people are treated only if they have money. This is wrong."

    What is health care like in your country? Email or Tweet us with your thoughts.


    Pupils from the Denmead School, Middlesex have been reading posts from all around the world. They say it has made them feel fortunate to live in a safe and affluent community.


    At Barrow CEVC Primary Schoolin Suffolk, UK the children have a wide range of concerns, ranging from families and homes to increasing wealth in poor countries.

    They also talked about the importance of looking after nature and the environment. For some children having a pet has made them think about the way people and nature interact, and the roles that individuals and countries have in ensuring a fair, healthy and happy world for us all to live in!

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    Students from the Sabu International School, in Conakry, Guinea Students from the Sabu International School, in Conakry, Guinea, have been talking about conflict.

    Audenshaw School pupils in Manchester, northern England had a great assembly this morning where they talked about 'the toilet' as an invention. Pupils looked at pictures one of their teachers had taken, of toilets from all over the world, as a lesson in understanding different cultures and ways of life.


    Students atAll Saints Catholic High Schoolin Huddersfield, northern England talked about stopping terrorism, clean water for the developing world and the Olympics coming to Britain.


    Baines School's assembly for the World's Biggest School Assembly was concerned about the lack of teamwork in the school. The school in Lancashire, UK talked about the importance of team work in Olympic events like relay racing and rowing. They also voiced their concerns about litter on the school premises and the rise in vermin on site.

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    Students in Russia's Lyceum No. 2, based in Kazan, have been debating the merits of single-sex education. They think that girls become mature faster and overtake boys and that boys and girls have different learning styles but they worry that with single sex schools they don't get to socialise with the opposite sex.

    Shaimaa Khalil Cairo, Egypt

    tweets: #Cairo students getting ready to join the conversation on #WHYS, #bbcassembly - More on @BBC_WHYS

    Cairo students prepare to join World Have Your Say
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    Gabriel, from Monks Risborough Primary School, Buckinghamshire, UK, feels that it is unfair that people are racist to people because of their colour or that they are from another country. He says: "I believe everyone should have a chance to live fairly and peacefully with each other no matter what they are like on the outside. Just because some criminals or terrorists come from a particular country, that does not mean the rest of the people living there are bad or agree with their disgraceful actions."


    Students at Colegio Arenas Atlantico in Gran Canaria, Spain write: In our island, we have a really serious problem with petrol. Our goverment wants to start looking for oil near our coast, and that will be a very horrible situation, because we will lose the essence of the Canary Islands.

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    Pupils at St. Saviour's RC Primary School on the Isle of Wight in the south of the UK are concerned about people around the world having enough to eat and clean water to drink. They also talked about the compusory tests that students in Year 6 have to take, and having to move to secondary schools in September.


    Children fromMonks Risborough Primary School, England, feel that the behaviour of children is often influenced by what they watch on TV. Do you think that TV affects your behavior? Email us at

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    Daria, a student at First City Gymnasia in Cherkasy, Ukraine writes that she is concerned about the portrayal of difficult issues in the media. "Anorexia, suicide, drugs, alcohol are sometimes being positively portrayed. I want to say 'People be vigilant! It's so harmful for the younger generation."

    Another First City Gymnasia student Valeria says the world's declining economy is one of her biggest fears. "I am afraid that I won't find a good and well-paid job even if I get a good education."

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    The children of Peponi House school, Kenya, have lots of opinions on what matters to them. "A good leader who supports the fight against corruption" one writes and another: "Books, because when I am upset I can read. It develops your mind and you enjoy yourself." Tell us on Facebook what matters to you.

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    Like pupils at many other schools around the world,Uzice Grammar School students in Serbia, write that the most important things for them are their family and friends.

    Jelisaveta says, "My mother is sick and most of the time I think about how she feels, if she is happy, and I try to be the best daughter for her. I am also concerned about my father who works 16 hours a day, and gets very little sleep. I often wonder how he manages everything and how he survives the pressure."

    Ana another student at the school says: "The thing that matters to me most is the ambition to pursue my dreams. Being a stubborn ambitious Capricorn, it's in my nature to go after something I want. But I think this should be important for everybody because you have to live your life to the fullest. I hope this doesn't sound selfish."

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    A parent working in South Sudan stumbled across his daughter's school in Hawaii taking part in the World Service discussion.

    "My colleague was up early this morning and caught the story about World Class on BBC World News. He had no idea that my daughter's Chinese school was part of the feature. Really shows how small our world is getting, when a kid in Hawaii can be interviewed by someone in UK, and a guy in Africa can see it all happen."


    Brookside Public is an eco-friendly school in Canada. They feel that it is unfair that due to war, people get hurt and children lose their families and have to leave their homes and move to another country.

    Do you know anyone that has had to move to another country because of war? Email

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    Students from the Dagon 1 Basic Educatino High School in Yangon, Burma

    Here are some of the students at Dagon 1 High School in Burma which was attended by Aug San Suu Kyi. The pupils took part in a live radio link up and exchanged thoughts and ideas with pupils in China.

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    Grace, Faith, Emily, Callum, Oliver and Keira from the Lee on the Solent Infant School, in Hampshire, UK, say it is important to keep healthy because it is good to be healthy. They also said it is important to say please and thank you because it is very nice manners.

    Sanmi David in Lagos, Nigeria

    facilitated the debate at Topmax City College and posted on the World Class facebook page: "The World Class assembly was a wonderful experience for both teachers and students. The discussions were lively and rewarding."

    Mamen Benitez in The Canary Islands, Spain

    teaches at Arenas Atl\u00e1ntico School and posts on the World Class facebook page: Hello from the Canaries!! Well, my students here have a lot to say and care about. Their worries range from global warming, pollution, poverty, to their school grades and family and friends' welfare. Some of them even consider their PS3, mobiles or iPods to be one of the most important and precious things in life!

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    Class 1m1 of Scotland's Trinity HighSchool, in Rutherglen, Scotland, have been discussing the debate between Christianity and science. They believe that, no matter what, faith brings hope to many people, and that parts of life are supposed to be a mystery.

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    Students from the Herbert Thompson School in Cardiff Students from the Herbert Thompson School in Cardiff singing during their special school assembly

    Email your comments to You can also join in by sending us a Tweet or find us on Facebook.

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    A special thank you from the team at World Class to all those students at the Colegio Arenas Atl\u00e1ntico, on Gran Canaria, in Spain, for being so generous with their comments and telling us - one-by-one - what matters to them. You too can get involved - email your comments to, send us a Tweet or check out our Facebook page.


    If you have just joined us this is the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC. Schools everywhere are telling us what matters to them. Listen to schools have their say on World Service radio. Email your comments to Also Tweet and find us on Facebook.

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    Pupils at Lagan college, Belfast, have been talking about the environment. They held an 'Earth hour' and turned out all lights in the college to raise awareness of energy waste and carbon emissions. Pupils rolled up their sleeves and got to work making sure that their school was litter free.

    What would you make an effort to change in your school? Email, or find us on Facebook.

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    And there's more care of the environment at Barshare Primary School, in Ayrshire, Scotland, where what matters most to Fiona, Paige, Carly, Sophie, Liam, Michael, Aiden, and Jamie is to save the earth and energy. "We took part in Earth Hour and we also have an eco survey in our school and we check every classroom at lunchtime for lights left on.... We have also adopted our own polar bear!"


    Students from the Jesuit School, Cairo, Egypt are broadcasting live on BBC World Service radio in the World Schools Have Your Say programme at 1530 BST.

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    The children of Pitsea Junior School, Basildon, Essex decided that racism, or any kind of bullying was a hot topic for them. They are talked about "children sniggering at people's accents when they talk in their language. Being ginger or blonde, wearing glasses and people's religion, culture and clothes that they wear." Do tell us what matters to you - email us at


    Princethorpe College, Rugby are talking about peer pressure and the impact that it has on teenagers. They discussed ways to empower young people.

    What does peer pressure mean to you? Email, Tweet or find us on Facebook.

    Tim Defaramond, BBC World Service

    tweets: Pupils in #Cairo tell how they became political when a friend was killed in #Egypt football violence #WHYS #BBCAssembly

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    Here's a snapshot from the pupils of St Michael's Primary School, in Figheldean, Wiltshire, in the UK.

    "Our rural school is on the edge of Salisbury Plain. We have lots of families whose parents are in the army bases nearby. One of the things we have a lot of is helicopters flying very low and tanks making big explosions.

    "At night the helicopters can be so low it feels as though they will land on our homes! Our homes vibrate a lot when the helicopters fly low. The windows shake and rattle, keeping us awake."

    Is your school in an unusual location? Are your lessons disturbed in a strange way? Don't be shy! Share with us by emailing at


    Another post fromColegio Arenas Atl\u00e1ntico, Spain: the most important thing in the world is to find a solution for the global financial crisis, or it may get worse.


    Students from the Jesuit School in Cairo, Egyptare taking part in the World Schools Have Your Say radio programme.

    The students who are aged between 15 and 17 years old are very interested in politics. Their school is only five minutes away from Tahrir Square, where the revolution took place in spring 2011.

    Pupils were badly affected when their friend Karim died in the clashes after the football match in Port Said, Egypt in February this year.

    Pupils at Sabu International School in Guinea have also joined the discussion. They want to know what has happened to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.


    Sabu International School students in Guinea, west Africa talk about conflict and violence in the discussion on World School Have Your Say on BBC World Service radio. One 14 year old student talks about her own experience of domestic violence at home.

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    Children from the St Alban's Catholic Primary School, in Cardiff, say that their school is getting bigger each week. "We are growing and developing more and more every week. Children are joining us from all corners of the world." Is your school international or would you like to have more foreign students in your classroom? Email us at

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    Students in Mariemont, Ohio, USA are talking about the war in Iraq and discussing the casualties on both sides.

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    Plumbland School in northern England talked about spending more time with their families, milk prices rising and getting enough clothes, shoes and food to people in poor countries.

    Pupils at Potter Street Primary in eastern England discussed lots of topics at their school assembly. Here are a few of their ideas: "We would like to design a big building for the people in Japan, to keep them safe from another tsunami." "We really miss our old Headteacher, Mrs Jackson, who sadly died last year." "There's a big hole in my road, Perry Springs. Why can't someone fix it?"


    Karen and Stephanie are taking a well-earned break. Emma and Paul will be your hosts for the next few hours


    Danville Park Girls' High School in Durban, South Africa have been reminding each other to reduce, reuse and recycle.

    Grade 10 students have been talking about rhino poaching. They said that rhino horn is now more valuable weight for weight than gold. There is a huge market in Chinese medicine for rhino horn. If this poaching is not stopped it will drive rhinos to the brink of extinction.


    Pupils from Leechpool Primary in the south of England are unanimous in saying they want to get rid of racism.

    1635: Via Twitter Mark Sandell, BBC World Service

    tweets: 14 y/o girl in Guinea now talking about being "flogged" by her mother. Cairo kids -a bit shocked- now asking her about it. #whys #bbcassembly

    Students and teachers from Garden International School, Bangkok, Thailand Pupils and teachers from Garden International School, Bangkok Thailand

    Student council representatives at Garden International School in Bangkok, Thailand helped collect donations for victims of flooding in their city. This was felt by many pupils to be one of the most important issues raised at their assembly, as the rainy season in Thailand is about to begin again. Children were worried about the possible danger and disruption to their education.

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    Hopping Hill Primary School from Duston, Northampton, have sent us this picture as, today, they discussed basic human rights such as food and shelter.

    Pupils from Hopping Hill Primary School

    "We are all worried that many families in countries across the world can't afford the basic things they need and that we used to think about these problems in countries in Africa but now know they are happening to many more people," they write.


    has been listening to the pupils in Cairo. He comments on Facebook: I admire the peaceful revolution of Egypt but am concern about the continue hostilities? Do you guys hope the revolution will succeed?

    Ros Atkins, Presenter, World Have Your Say

    tweets: Looking out of window over kids playing 5-a-side. Almost all children here say they'd prefer to live somewhere else. On air in 90 mins #whys

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    Children from Lakeview Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, USA have some feedback to news from other schools:

    • They agree that it can be sad when someone in your family is involved in a war (to Brookside Public School, Canada)
    • They agree that judging people on the basis of the colour of their skin or where they are from is unfair and add that its what's inside that matters (to Monks Risborough Primary School, UK)
    • To St. Lawrence CE Junior School, UK. Pupils suggest that you can help keep your grandparents healthy and send them a card if you're worried about them.

    The Methodist College in Belfast, Northern Ireland invited some special guests to their assembly. Luke Marshall, Chris Eames and Sophie Murphy came to speak about the dedication needed to achieve success in sport. All three are representing their country in sports including wheelchair basketball and sailing.

    Lister Junior School in Liverpool, northern England talked about safety in their local area. They think it's important for children to find safe places to play, free from vandalism, gangs and drugs. Other students talked about the need to support countries that have suffered from natural disasters, and one of the pupils wanted to talk about how to cope with the loss of a family member.


    In the UK, family has been a big topic for primary schools today. "Spending quality time with family and staying safe has been getting children at Freshfield Primary School talking," says the school. Family was also important to pupils at Alverstoke Infants, Farringdon Juniors, Coniston Primary and Cape Primary. Cape Primary are also talking about litter and the pupils will be taking part in a litter pick-up in June.

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    Pupils from St George's Primary in Bourton, Dorset, UK, have been exploring an issue they term 'stranger danger'.

    Among other comments, they believe that some social networks are open to abuse but that an 'Internet Safety Day' can help.

    Do you ever feel threatened on social networks? Email us at


    Threemilestone Primary School is a large school on the edge of Truro in Cornwall, western England. Their concerns include: "My parents keeping their job and having enough money to live." "Politicians being honest and owning up to the issues around the phone hacking scandal." "Ending wars and the early death and wounding of so many service men and women." "Ending cruelty and hunting of animals especially in Africa."

    Moor Allerton School in Leeds, northern England talked about bullying, school uniforms, playtimes and lessons at their school assembly.

    Via Email

    The debate at Blair Academy centred around the cost and quality of education.

    Pupils at Blair Academy

    Based at the former home of Team GB basketball star Luol Deng, pupils discussed the merits of the US system, agreeing that students in the States were permitted to be both athletes and students whereas the best athletes in GB go onto soccer clubs and the like.


    Thomas Lord Audley School in Colchester, eastern England listed one of their "hottest issues" as getting better and better as a school. They're excited because one of their pupils has recently become A.B.A. (Amateur Boxing Association) National Schoolboy Champion.

    Kewaigue School in Isle of Man, UK said they were concerned about the credit crunch. Many of their parents are finding it difficult to find jobs. As an island community, job losses have had a huge impact, and some banks and lots of shops have closed. Some children thought that this would impact on them being able to buy good quality food which might have a bearing on their health in the future.


    A quick reminder that at 1800 BST World Schools Have Your Say on the World Service will feature contributions from Langdon Park Sports Academy School in Tower Hamlets, a hop, skip and a jump away from the sparkling new Olympic Park in London's east end.

    They will be joined on air by pupils at Usain Bolt's former school in JamaicaWilliam Knibb Memorial High School, Multikids Academy in Ghana and Sabu School in Guinea.


    Pupils at Novyi Rozdil School 4in Ukraine talked about a variety of issues in their school assembly. Lilya, 15 is worried about logging companies destroying the forest in the Carpathian mountains. Other students are also concerned about air quality because of pollution.

    Roman, 16 says he is living in a world where to be happy you must have money. "Food, houses, cars cost money. I do not want to be lost in this problem of how to make money, to lose myself in this battle. For me the first step to make money is my education. I want to be an educated man with a good job and a happy family!"

    BBC World Have Your Say

    tweets a picture from the school it is broadcasting from in London: Chanel & Jasmine before we go on air in East London - they'll be talking to Ghana, Jamaica and Washington DC #whys

    Students taking aprt in World Have Your Say
    BBC World Have Your Say

    has posted a short video on its Facebook page saying: "From 1700GMT: here's Omar at Langdon Park School in Tower Hamlets, east London to tell us what he wants to talk about in the World's Biggest School Assembly. He'll be speaking to pupils in Ghana, Jamaica and the United States live on BBC World Schools Have Your Say. What would you like to ask them?" You can view the video on Facebook

    1751: Via Email

    Oregon School for the Deaf, USA explain why sign language matters to them in a video posted online.

    • "Signing means that I can communicate easily and have a great social life using my natural language."
    Student explains why sign language matters to him Student explains why sign language matters to him
    • "Before I came to this school I felt isolated as no-one in my family signs. It's easy to express yourself through signs and the pupils here are like my family."
    Student explains why her school friends feel like family Student explains why her school friends feel like family

    Saffron Green Primary School in the UK have been watching the live stream. "We have had the maps out too!" says teacher Rachel Potts. Many issues got them talking including the hosepipe ban and drought in the UK. Fairfield First School, UK, also talked about the lack of water and the possibility of stand pipes as well as crime in cities, the lack of appropriate places for travellers to settle and people losing their jobs.

    1602: Via Email

    Children from the Peel Brow School in Bury, England, have talked about poverty. They think it is unfair that some people have lots and lots of things and some have nothing.

    1802: Via Email

    90 children from Strawberry Fields Primary School in Garforth talked about the war in Afghanistan. Although it was generally agreed that they were very lucky in their school and in Garforth, they wondered whether the conflict in Afghanistan could ever lead to war in the UK.

    Email, Tweet or find us on Facebook.


    You can now listen to World Schools Have Your Say on the World Service

    Pupils from London are set to join up with those from Usain Bolt's former school in Jamaica William Knibb Memorial High School, Multikids Academy in Ghana and Sabu School in Guinea.

    1809: Via Email

    "We should care about animals and birds," says Andriana, 15, from the Ukraine. Here's her school assembly.

    Pupils in the Ukraine take part in the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC
    Breaking News

    World Have Your Say are finding out what matters to young people around the world. Listen live now.

    William Knibb High School in Jamaica want to know if poverty an issue where you live?

    Langdon Park School in London, UK want to know whether you feel at risk from 'postcode violence' and feel threatened if you leave your local area.

    1819: Via Email

    Students at Providence High School in Indiana, USA discussed competition and the emphasis on success in the States.

    Claims that this focus "can be a good motivator," were tempered by thoughts that "it can have its downside, causing us to lose sight of what's really important, what will really lead to happiness," which they believe "comes from being surrounded by family and friends and being involved in the community".

    1821: Via Email

    The students of Finborough School, Suffolk, UK, debated whether they appreciated 'what matters in life' in their assembly. Discussion centered on friendship and making the most of the talents and opportunities we are presented with in life. Finborough School says hello to Saidan School in Helman Province, Afghanistan.

    1827: Via Email

    Witney Community Primary School is another British school talking about the drought: "We have a hosepipe ban in our area and across many parts of Britain and we believe this is part of the bigger picture of global warming and changes to our environment. This worries us a great deal and we want this world to be a good place to grow up in. We want to help protect it."


    "In DC, we call gangs crews" - pupils from Washington DC discuss what London students call 'postcode violence'. Listen to more World Schools Have Your Say on the World Service and take part in the debate on twitter.

    1832: Via Email

    Egerton Primary School, Knutsford, UK think that it is really important for children all over the world to have fun.

    They also think that television and internet allows them to find out what the lives of other people around the world are like.

    1831: Via Email

    Lakeview Elementary School in Florida, USA, have been talking about the fight against cancer. Pupils have been raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They think it is important to honour those who are affected by cancer and remember those who have died. Lots of the pupils have family members who have been affected by cancer. Many have survived. Jon says: "We can beat cancer and enjoy a long life."

    1836: Via Email

    Pupils at Colegio Newland in Mexico ask: "How many men, women, and children do you know are unable to read and write? Can anyone help us understand the relation between culture and education?"

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    1845: Via Email

    Multikids Academy pupils in Ghana are live on the World Service taking part in World Schools Have Your Say

    Multikids Academy in Ghana are on air Multikids Academy in Ghana are on air
    1853: Via Email

    Children in the UK think that taking care of the environment is important.

    North Hinksey CE Primary School also want people to take care of the environment and animal habitats.

    Eastchurch Primary School want endangered animals to be saved.

    Shaw Primary School's assembly Shaw Primary in the UK took part in the World's Biggest School Assembly

    Year 2 at Shaw Primary in the UK have been talking about friends - they would like a friendship bench in the playground.


    World Service's World Schools Have Your Say programme - has been talking about fun. How important is having fun?

    Email with your thoughts.

    1911: Via Twitter Victoria Derbyshire

    tweets: @BBC_WHYS special on yr radio now - school kids across the world talk to each other, having chosen the subjects themselves

    1912: Via Email

    Students at Students at Holy Name of Mary College School, Ontario, Canada want to know:

    Are women's rights are important in your community?

    Email, Tweet or find us on Facebook.


    What do you make of the comments being expressed in World Schools Have Your Say on the World Service? Take part in the debate on twitter and remember to use the hashtag #bbcassembly.

    1925: Via Twitter Mark Sandell from World Have Your Say

    tweets: Girl in JA asked if she would go into politics: "yes, and then". She's already there ! #whys #BBCAssembly


    Pupils from class A2 in Central College Jounieh, Lebanon have been discussing religious divide. Omar aged 16 said:

    "Religious divide is a subject that has raised many eyebrows, and caused numerous casualties. Alot of country's are in heated conflicts because of religious divide where many people have faced hardships and controversy. Religious devide has created alot of bad blood between many countries. And as a result the world has become what it is today."


    Pupils around the world are talking about school uniform live on World Schools Have Your Say.

    What do you think about wearing a uniform? Email, Tweet or find us on Facebook.

    1935: Via Email

    Students from Brookside Public School in Toronto, Canada, are all reading this livetext page. Hello to you. They have emailed in to say: "We are lucky that we do not have to deal with issues of extreme poverty."

    They also want to pose a question to other students taking part in the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC: "Do you feel safe in the community you live in?"

    Well, do you? Email


    Staniland PrimarySchool, Lincolnshire, UK said: "What matters to us? Friendship. We discussed why friends make us happy and how important it is to ensure that we all have friends. They are not alone: Crowle Primary in Scunthorpe, UK, also found friendships got them talking. They said, "You should always give people a chance despite first impressions."

    1938: Via Twitter Tanesha Williams

    tweets: #bbcassembly @bbcwhys I think the reason for uniforms in Jamaica is 4 regulation 2 prevent some students from going overboard with fashion.

    1944: Via Email

    Gender and racial equality matters to Clifton High School, Cayman.

    Students discuss what matters to them Students discuss what matters to them

    Pupils taking part in World Schools Have Your Say asked: "Are there any rules about how high you have to wear your trousers?"


    Eshani and Kandambari aged 10 from PSBBKKN, Chennai, India said: "Our school believes that discipline is the first step and foundation to success. The school thus makes it a point that students are taught to be disciplined at an early stage. Values are caught rather than taught and inner discipline is developed quite early in life."


    Pupils from Usain Bolt's old school, William Knibb Memorial High School, on the radio:

    Schools at Wiliam Knibb Memorial High School

    They are currently discussing school uniforms. One pupil claimed every girl wants to look like Nicki Minaj - is this true? Email or get on twitter and use the hashtag #bbcassembly.

    2002: Via Email

    "I worry that due to failing businesses, rising university costs and lack of apprenticeships, I won't be able to reach my chosen career," says pupil Alex from Irthlingborough Junior School in Northants, UK.

    Aiden says, "I feel vandalism in our area is getting worse. People are concerned and worried about going out." Sian and Joe highlight riots: "One minute there are nice shops, the next they are burnt down."

    2006: Via Email

    Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster, UK are talking about youth unemployment.

    What do you think? Is it an issue where you live?

    Email or get on twitter and use the hashtag #bbcassembly.

    Young people explore the issues that matter to them Young people explore the issues that matter to them

    Acrobat, flight attendant, Premier League footballer, human rights lawyer and paediatrician - just some of the ideal jobs proffered by pupils taking part in World Schools Have Your Say on the World Service.

    2007: Via Twitter Orette Baker

    tweets: #bbcassembly @bbcwhys Great discussion. Nice to hear the kids trashing it out. Perspectives of the future. #proudjamaican

    2008: Via Email

    Pupils in 7W at Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School are very concerned about the gradual extinction of wildlife around the world. Despite only being 11 years old they are already planning ahead to go to university, but are concerned that with recent increases in tuition fees it may not be possible for everyone to go.

    1959: Via Email

    Nelson Mandela Primary in Birmingham, UK, reports the children "have all gone home now buzzing with excitement about being part of the world's biggest assembly".

    "Today, 450 children aged between 4-11 years met together to have an open discussion about what matters to us: family, peace, and water. Finally, we have lots of children with families in Pakistan. We have been thinking a lot about the poor families who died in the devastating plane crash a couple of weeks ago. We worry about plane crashes because we need planes to visit our families."

    Nelson Mandela Primary school
    2012: Via Email

    At St Mary's College, Hull, UK, pupils talked about what matters to them as a Student Council. Their big assembly focussed on democracy.

    2012: Via Email

    This from Daniel F in the US: "To William Knibb Memorial High School I definitely do not think that everyone wants to look like Nicki Minaj. In America we have many styles and fashions and depending on where you live and your culture (as America is a melting pot of cultures) depends on what you where. Here in Southern Indiana some people like to color their hair but I wouldn't say there is a definite style of clothing."

    2012: Via Email

    After much discussion, pupils from Downside Primary School in Luton, UK, decided that: "Their religion (largely Islam) was the most important thing to the children followed by SATs and education and then family."


    Pupils at Great Walstead School, UK, decided that the most important things for them to share with the rest of the world were food and water, family and friends, and their Christian faith.

    2019: Via Email

    Children aged four and five are talking about what matters to them at Lee-on-the-Solent Infant School, UK.

    They think it's important to protect endangered species. Lilli-Mai said, "I think we should plant more trees so the animals can hide." They would also like to look after some lions at their school.

    Some spoke about problems closer to home. Dylan said, "I think we should pick up our coats so it looks tidy." Harry said, "I think if people are poorly we should look after them."

    2019: Via Email

    It is fair to say the debate about school uniforms has prompted a range of views.

    Deanna from Brookside Public School writes: "To answer the question on how do you feel about uniforms? Well since my school is a uniform school I believe that it is fairly easy because you don't need to wear or choose a different outfit everyday. So I feel that wearing uniforms is a privilege."

    Remember this page is for you to air your views. Email

    2020: Via Email

    Pupils at Springfield Primary School, Sunbury, Middlesex have been talking about friendships, relationships and changes. It can be hard moving house and adjusting to new surroundings.


    Students taking part in World Schools Have Your Say on the World Service have been asked: "Where do you get your money and what do you spend it on?" They will be back on air at 2330 BST.


    Pupils at Dorchester Primary School, UK, discussed their concerns over congestion outside their school with cars. To tackle the problem they are running a zig zag banner competition to educate drivers not to park on the zig zags and encourage more people to walk to school.

    2029: Via Email

    Brynllywarch Hall School, Powys, UK is a school for pupils with a variety of learning difficulties.

    All students live in small towns and villages in rural areas and they are talking about getting jobs when they leave school. It might be difficult because local factories and shops have closed.

    Will they have to move away to find a job? They think it is important that young people stay in the countryside otherwise it will be old people living in the villages.


    Gad's Hill School in Higham Kent discussed a wide range of issues such as world debt and youth unemployment. They decided the leading issue was individuality because it is important for young people to be themselves, stand up for what they believe rather than follow the crowd and to do so without the fear of being judged.

    2034: Via Email

    Redlands Primary School decided that what was important to them was stopping global warming, stopping wars, their families and everyone in the world getting a good education.


    News Hour are currently talking to pupils in Libya - Listen live


    Maidstone Intermediate in New Zealand looked into the issue of child abuse. Liam, 11 said, "I don't know why people do that to their children. It's just not right, people shouldn't do it at all."

    Pupils at Providence High School

    "This is students from Providence High School, USA in their uniforms. We think that wearing a uniform makes everything easier, and for the most part we don't mind them!"

    2027: Via Email

    Clair has been reading the comments here, she asks: "To people in Ireland.... I understand this is a touchy subject to say the least but I'm curious. How much of a divide is there between Catholics and Protestants? I'm a Catholic and I feel the effects of the divide between religion even here. Is it more between the older people or does it reach the younger people as well?"


    Sarah from Park House School said, "School is important to me because it creates better opportunities for me through having a good education."

    2053: Via Email

    Zalishchyky State Gymnasia pupils in Ukraine have been talking about a range of issues:

    Tanya, 16, is worried about her future and corruption.

    Pavlo, 10, is talking about the environmental protection and pollution.

    Nastya, 11, wants to discuss people leaving the city to look for jobs abroad. "It means that children live without their parents and only see them occasionally," she says. "It isn't good for our society."


    Pupils at UK schools Langstone Junior School and Nether Kellet Community Primary School, decided that their family is what is most important to them.

    2103: Via Email

    Chilwell School, Nottingham, UK have been in touch with what matters to their students.

    "My family knows lots of people who have lost jobs recently and that matters to them as they are struggling to pay for all the things they need."

    "The Olympics are happening in our country soon and that matters because the Olympics are important and bring different countries together."

    2103: Via Email

    Cape Primary School, West Midlands, UK are talking about what they would like to change in the local area.

    They would like there to be less litter and will be taking part in the local authority big spring clean in June by doing a litter pick around the local area.

    2102: Via Email

    Bromley Road Infant School, UK, say hello to everyone around the world. Year 2 also talked about news bulletins from around the world and discussed events in the news that were important to them. "We all loved being part of an event that was shared by children all over the world" they told us.

    2101: Via Email

    Pupils at St Charles' R.C. Primary school in Gosforth, UK decided to concentrate on their school by asking how we can make our school environment better and to continue to help our chosen charities such as CAFOD and our linked school in Africa.

    2107: Via Email

    Pupils at Anthony Gell School, Derbyshire, UK are worried about their future. They are advised to work hard and get good results but there may not be jobs around for them at the end of it.

    2116: Via Email

    Pupils from Hollinhey Primary School, Cheshire, UK decided that taking part is more important than winning. At other UK schools, Invenio Academy and Donington-on-Bain, pupils chose family and friends out of many topics that matter to them.

    2125: Via Email

    Brockenhurst C of E Primary School in the UK loved being part of something BIG, and sent in a BIG list of what matters to the school including: poverty, violence and cyber-bullying.

    At St Germans Primary School, Cornwall, UK, pupils decided that the economic crisis was the most important issue. They had noticed how much prices are going up.

    Midgley School, Halifax, UK said that big problems include crime, violence and cruelty. "If people could be more aware of these disasters perhaps they could be prevented," pupils said.


    In Ghana pupils from Multikids Academy have been taking part in World Schools Have Your Say today.

    Mulitkids on the air with the BBC

    Issues that matter to them include poverty in Africa. They see themselves as very lucky; they have access to books, go to school and eat at lunch time and many people in Africa or even across Ghana, do not get to do this.

    One pupil wondered how people catch malaria, and friends explained that people catch malaria as a result of mosquito bites and that people die from malaria because they do not have access to medicine or can't afford to see the doctor.

    They also talked about illegal drugs - and Yosi did a rap on the topic.


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