Use your voice: 'What's news to you?'

Key Points

  • Email with all your thoughts and comments!
  • DEBATE POINT: What do young people think makes good news?
  • DEBATE POINTS: How else can you make your voice heard? Social media?

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    We are going to bring this 'Use your voice' debate to a close now - the last from our series of International Education Week discussions.

    We've really enjoyed every single debate this week, and we hope you have too. The range of topics touched on and the sheer quantity of creative, insightful comments made is far too long to sum up here, but overall, a huge number of pupils around the world have used their voice this week - and we're proud of every last one of them!

    The good news is that there's plenty more debating action to sink your teeth into. BBC News School Report are holding a Practice News Day with schools across the UK. (Everyone can watch; only UK schools can take part.)

    And for absolutely all of you out there, the BBC World Class debates don't end here. We'll be hosting further discussions every Thursday, kicking off on the 22 November when we ask: 'are you a future scientist?'

    Until then - a huge well done from us, and bye-bye for now!


    Vita and Maria from Gymnasia 191 in Kiev, Ukraine write:

    "News is very important in our life. We can't live any day without news. Even small news brings us some interest. I think that BBC school report is great.

    Also I think that work the work of journalists is very exciting because you meet new people, visit amazing places, find out something new.

    In the same time this job can be very dangerous. Sometimes you should visit some places which are epicentres of wars, disease or protests, interview some people, who are unfriendly or evil.

    In spite of this it's very responsible job. Everything what you will write and publish will see whole world and you should answer for what you have written."


    Upton-by-Chester High School on twitter: "Jade & Ellie think younger people don't watch the news. Global issues need to be on social media for the young generation #worldclassdebate"


    Other pupils from Maksymiv gymnasia №191 in Kiev, Ukraine, have been considering what life as a news reporter might be like:

    Olena M thinks that "I don't want to be a reporter, because this job is dangerous. And reporters always go on the razor blade, their life depends on if they are careful."

    Ksenia agrees: "Do I want be a reporter? Maybe no, because this profession is dangerous and you need to be communicative."

    Olena R adds: "In my opinion, news is very important in our life. They inform us about worlds issues and innovation. I like news about technology. In techno-news everybody can find out a lot of interesting and useful things.

    "I don't want to be a reporter because this is too hard and dangerous for me."


    Beth from Gildersome Primary School in Leeds, UK writes:

    "I would like to talk to you about why I think people should watch and listen to the news.

    "They should watch global news because global news covers national news as well and people should know about what goes on in the world and their country."

    Great point Beth - thanks very much!


    Patrick from Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK replies to Colegio Newland's comment (1201):

    "I think that Mexico isn't in the news often enough as the country is a hub for cultural interchange and the recent gang violence has given this amazing country a bad reputation as it's an inspirational country that I've visited several times"


    Some great thoughts from Gymnasia 191 pupils in Kiev, Ukraine, about news in their school!

    Andriy thinks, "It's possible to create a special school association which will collect all the news about school life and life outdoors. I think it will be useful to ask students what they want to read about. To make some kinds of interviews with pupils and teachers in this way they will know what they are talked about".

    Kate adds: "In your school news a lot of things such as a lot of photo projects and also your school decisions must be included.

    And Dasha points out that, "It is good, when school has its own newspaper, as school news helps us communicate and share our ideas."

    Excellent insights there - thanks for those!


    There's loads of emails still coming in, so we are going to run this debate for another 15 minutes. Lucky you!


    Let's hear from some of the students of Gymnasia №191 in Ukraine!

    Kate writes: "I think that news is very important, because without news we wouldn't know what happened to our country or world. To my mind school news is important too. In our school there are newspapers in which we can write interesting news about our school.

    "It's very good when school has its own television where students work, like real journalists, operators, news anchors. I think that news is useful for us, because we can know many useful things."

    Sasha writes: "We have our own school newspaper and it is great. But I think newspaper should be more interesting and even funny! Maybe we can write about different news that is not only in our school but in the whole world!!! News should be interesting so people will read them and be happy. Every week after school we have journalist class and it is cool!"

    Olga writes: "School news is very interesting. Our school has own newspaper where we can publish our articles. Every month our pupils make school news and other can read that. I think that it is a good idea to have a school newspaper: this is very modern."


    Let's take a look at some more art from Year 8 students at LSA Technology and Performing Arts College in Lancashire, UK, who have participated in several debates this week!

    First up is this effort from Freya, Amy, Jacob and Jack, who have focussed on 'respecting others':

    This pic even has a 'Use your voice tree' - we like it! This pic even has a 'Use your voice tree' - we like it!

    And Alice, Keisha, Hayley and Caitlin produced this colourful effort to mark our 'taking a stand' debate yesterday:

    'Taking a stand' poster 'Taking a stand' poster

    Elena from Gildersome Primary School in Leeds, UK writes:

    "I would like to talk to you about what people like to hear and what people need to hear.

    "I think everyone should watch the national and global news because if you don't you wont know what's going on - also there could be something really important on."

    Great point here - thanks Elena!


    If you've enjoyed International Education Week, we recommend taking a look at this IEW story from our friends at BBC News School Report.

    Pupils at Ruislip High School in Middlesex, UK, have written an account of all their IEW activities, which including learning Nepalese, and making paella. Great stuff!


    Laura and Maya from Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK have a reply to Junior High School #29's comment (1206)

    "We have also experienced major road works, and even small ones have an impact on our daily lives.

    The gas works were continuously being altered and roads were being dug up everywhere over the past year, and on our school road, it wasn't just cars which struggled, students were forced to walk on the roads with no barriers for protection."

    Important issues about road safety. World Class wonders: do you think road safety gets enough attention in the News?


    LSA Technology and Performing Arts College pupils in Lancashire, UK, tell us:

    "Stories where disaster strikes gets our attention but we think how terrible that is for these things to happen to others and wonder how can we help."

    Teacher Sandra adds:

    "Thanks for the great week! This has been an eye-opening experience for my students and they have learnt a lot about what is going on in the world and now think about what makes their voices heard!"

    Glad you've enjoyed it! Don't forget that it doesn't end here either - after this week, the debates will continue in their regular weekly slot every Thursday.


    Brookhill Leys Primary School in London, UK, have been thinking about how young people can use their voices better - in a similar way to Martha in the film, right.

    "We could write into our local newspaper. We would have a blog online so that everyone can see it.

    "We could have an online website. Youtube videos (could be) sent to our partner schools across the world.

    "Posters across the school to raise awareness."

    Some great ideas there!


    Alla from Starokostiantyniv Gymnasia in Ukraine writes:

    "We are very active students from Starokostiantyniv Gymnasia. We take part in BBC debates for the second time. And we find them both very interesting and useful. Because we think that these problems are very burning and of great importance.

    "Our group has been discussing these questions with great interest and consider that good news depends on contest and the way it is presented.

    "Nowadays there are several ways of spreading and getting information. From our point of view, the most popular one is the Internet.

    Unfortunately, a lot of people in poor, developing countries don't have an access to the Net, so they can't get advantage of it. In this case the most effective means will be newspapers , radio and TV."

    "Thanks very much to Alla and the students of Starokostiantyniv Gymnasia for getting in touch and making your voices heard! What do other schools around the world think Starokostiantyniv's point about the internet?


    Pupils from Colegio Newland in Mexico have a reply to Upton-by-Chester (1224), who wanted to know about some good news from Mexico!

    "Dear Chester pupils... Here is a good news story from Mexico: A new library exclusively for children has been recently opened in an old house in Mexico City.

    "We think it's a brilliant idea because reading is a door to the fantasy world, and that way reading can be at the reach of anyone!"

    World Class thoroughly agree with that! And thanks for a great example of a good news story.


    This one is just for the Year 1 pupils in Bears Class at Brookhill Leys Primary (1241) - one of our BBC News friends has their own bear companion in the newsroom in London!

    A bear is loose in the BBC newsroom A bear is loose in the BBC newsroom

    Shivangi at school in India writes:

    "One of the greatest and also the most shameful crime we can see around us is the continuous drop in the respect for women.

    Women are the creation of God, just like men. It is not fair that one sex should dominate over the other. And why should women be the source of entertainment for the so-called "more powerful" male class, when the very same men have been worshipping female goddesses since time immemorial?

    When women shall be placed equal to men by the whole society, that is when India shall truly be called a developing country, as both the sexes have to work together for a better society."

    Thanks very much for getting in touch Shivangi! What do you think of the point Shivangi makes?


    Year 1 pupils in 'Bears Class' at Brookhill Leys Primary School in Eastwood, UK, have just joined us - hello to them!.

    "We have looked at littering! Here are our opinions:

    "Littering should be banned because it is bad for the environment."

    "Littering is ok because the birds need it to create a nest."

    Some contrasting thoughts there - thanks for them!


    Greetings to Ruslan and Yura from Zalishchyky State Gimnasia in Ukraine! They write:

    "When some people make some news they think: "Will this news be interesting for others?" And if it is really interesting then they send some information to TV stations. Then this informaton will be converted into video and in the evening we"ll know about it through TV.

    "We think that good and interesting information is very important and useful for all people.

    "We really need some information because we want to know what happens in the world."


    St Joseph's Primary School in London, UK have been watching the film about Martha (right) and thinking about what they might blog about [1215] - great stuff guys!

    They have emailed in the following ideas:

    • The fact that they would like hot food for dinner.
    • Social equality - so that no one feels disadvantaged.
    • How they would like more physical education to be healthy and to have fun.
    • Recyling is very important as we have seen in Taiwan (see 1111). Petrol and oil is not an infinite resource so we need to look after the planet. Remember that new sources such as nuclear power are not always the solution as they can also have a big effect. We need to look at more green sources of energy.

    Hello to Gildersome Primary School in Leeds, UK!

    Abbie writes:

    "I think that everyone should watch the Global news because if some thing bad (or good) was going to happen in your local area that you were not aware of I think you would wan' t to know.

    "If there was going to be a flood you might want to move out for the time being, or if there was something good like a celebration that you didn't know about - you could not go if you didn't know."


    Back to Providence High School in USA has got in touch with some comments about using your voice and making yourself heard, Chase writes:

    "None of the issues battled at my school add up to anything similar to the issues I know some people are facing. I am very fortunate to go to the school I go to and live with the family I do. I support everyone who stands up for what they believe in.

    "I hope if I get the chance one day, I too would be as brave as Malala was."

    And there's much more about what you think of Malala in yesterday's debate on Taking a stand.


    LATEST UPDATE: Half an hour to go in this live schools debate on being heard.

    A really interesting blend of comments so far, as some of you have suggested your own news stories, while others have worried about how the news affects the way other people perceive their own country.

    You've also been talking about how social media can give young people the opportunity to use their voices and be heard.

    Keep it coming! If any schools following this debate are yet to comment, we'd love to hear from you - just email with your thoughts.


    An interesting - and up to the minute - point from Helen, Gonzalo and Rob at Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK:

    "Yesterday some of our sixth form students had the opportunity to vote for the police and crime commissioner for Chester.

    "This is a major national event and we feel it is important to be in the news as it effects everyone in the community.

    "We were wondering at what age people should be able to vote on issues like this one. In the UK it is 18."

    If you are outside the UK, you may not be aware of this vote. It's the first vote of this kind in the UK and is described as a big change to British policing. But there's not been a big turnout. You can read more at BBC News.


    A big World Class welcome to LSA Technology and Performing Arts College in Lancashire they write:

    "Good news stories are important that tells you when good things happen like the elections in America which without the news we wouldn't know about. We like to hear things about our country doing well - like the Olympics which got our communities together. We also think that people who have achieved great things make good news stories like Felix Baumgartner who did the free fall from space.

    "We can make our voice heard though the television, YouTube- you can petition your local government, write letters and local issues to the local paper and to the BBC!

    "Your voice can be heard through twitter and Facebook but sometimes this can be bad because people say things that afterwards they didn't mean and it's hard to retract your statements!"

    Very good points here from LSA Technology and Performing Arts College - thanks very much guys!


    Wildern School on twitter: "We think that rainforest should be shown more on the news because it is wrong to ignore peoples feelings/opinions. #worldclassdebate"

    And add: "Airbrushing is a serious issue because I feel by looking at those girls I feel pressured to look perfect. By Katie #worldclassdebate"


    Upton-by-Chester tweet in response to Colegio Newland at 1201: "In response to 12.01, we hear about gangs in Mexico & would like to hear positives about life there #worldclassdebate"

    Some of the Upton debating team More of the Upton debating team

    For those of you wanting to know more about Titan the robot, mentioned by Wildern School at 1151, we've found a pic for you!

    Titan is an 'entertainment robot' designed to bring an element of street theatre to public events.

    Titan wows the crowd Titan wows the crowd

    Indi, Samiah, Keira and Molly from Harleston Primary in Norfolk, UK have had a great idea, they write:

    "We think we should have our own school news programme so people know what our school gets up to. We would like to have our own school newspaper which is sent out to the local community.

    "Everybody should be able to have a say about what goes into the newspaper.

    "News should be about good and bad things that happen."

    What do you think of their idea? Would you like to do the same in your school?


    It's great to see Upton-by-Chester pupils in Chester, UK, getting excited about seeing their comments online - they've taken the below picture to mark the occasion!

    Don't forget, if you're following this debate and you aren't sure how to get involved, it couldn't be simpler - just send your comments and opinions to

    Upton pupils on the internet! Upton pupils on the internet!

    A message for Upton-by-Chester pupils! We are receiving a lot of mails from you, so we thought it might be good to issue you with a World Class challenge.

    Can you put your heads together and come up with one great idea for a blog, like Martha's, that you think could generate a similar amount of interest?

    It has to be something relevant to your school or school life. Ready, steady.... go!

    (If you aren't in Chester, don't worry! Everyone can take part!!)


    Laura and Maya from Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK write:

    "We think that news for young people is something that effects us in our local area or that effects people globally. We like to learn and find out about the economy and issues that affect us now or could have an impact on us in the future such as a rise in the population of our country or university fees.

    When we go onto the news, we generally find major issues at the front but don't find out about serious but smaller news, such as the train accident in Texas, which didn't directly affect us but it caused death to many. We think more issues should be published, whether good or bad.

    "In response to Colegio Newland in Queretaro, Mexico (1150) we believe it is important to have updated knowledge about politics in your country, as it affects your life in many ways but sometimes, for example in the US Presidential Election, we feel it overpowers other important news that people are then less concerned about."


    Aayush from Vijaya International School in Agra, India has got in touch to share an issue which she not only used her voice about but stood up against. Aayush writes:

    "My brother Vishaal is 10 years elder to me. I am eight. All of us celebrated Diwali this week. My brother and cousins of his age indulge in bursting crackers, cousins of my age and myself took a stand this year of not bursting crackers.

    "This is because cracker factories in some parts of our country still engage and employ children. The very idea that children of my age miss going to school and playing games and enjoying the joy of being young and make these crackers instilled in me a sense of guilt and hence a dislike towards crackers. I asked my father not to buy crackers for me but to donate the amount to thee NGO and he gladly agreed.

    "For all these reasons myself and cousins of my age didn't burst crackers this year, while my older brother and cousins enjoyed their crackers. This left me with mixed feelings. There was a feeling of remorse of not enjoying the joy of cracker bursting as in previous Diwali's and being bullied and ridiculed by my older siblings.

    "There was also an intense feeling of joy that we have helped other children and Mother Nature. I pondered long and hard and I am convinced that this Diwali was more joyous that any previous Diwali. Thanks to my stand."

    That's an amazing story, Aayush! And Happy Diwali to all Indian schools taking part.


    "Hi to everyone around the world", begin James and Josh from Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK - who are taking part in their 4th debate this week - well done guys!

    "We don't think you need to be an adult to be heard - for example Martha from Mary's meals came up with an amazing charity raising money and helping feed kids in Africa and she is a kid.

    "But on the other hand it does help (to be an adult) as some kids are considered immature and will not be taken seriously. An adult finds it easier to be heard because they are respected more and have more options to help them be heard."

    Upton-by-Chester pupils join the debate! Upton-by-Chester pupils join the debate!

    More from Junior High School #29 in Szczecin, Poland - our first Polish school to take part this week! Who have written in about a street renovation in their area:

    "Over year ago began renovation of the Struga Street. It's one of the main roads to the city center and closing it causes many problems. All the people who drive to work or school in the morning have to stay in traffic jams.

    "Many students are late for school and come back home later than usual.

    "It's a big problem for citizens of Szczecin. City council should thought earlier about some alternative roads to the city."


    LATEST UPDATE: We are one hour into this live schools debate about what news stories pupils would share with the world.

    You've been sending in some great emails and there's been a really interesting range of stories suggested.

    World Class would like to know - how else can you make your voice heard? Does social media make it easier for young people to use their voice?

    You may want to watch the film on the right about Martha and her blog for some inspiration!


    Pupils at Colegio Newland in Queretaro, Mexico, say: "We are worried about the news about Mexico.

    "Sometimes, the only news the people around the world heard about Mexico are bad ones, but it's not only bad news happening in Mexico, and it's not in the whole country."

    They have a question for schools: "What news do you know about Mexico?"


    BC Schools online tweet: BBC World Class are holding their cracking #worldclassdebate It's about how pupils can make their voices heard: #edchat

    They add: "Such a great opportunity for pupils to get involved & a really interesting resource. Are you following? Are you listening? #worldclassdebate"


    Milly, Jade, Jasmin, Olivia and Katie from Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK write:

    "You can make your voice heard in many different ways such as using social media, for example twitter and Facebook which are used by millions of people around the world every day.

    "People can choose what they want to say from writing status's to uploading videos onto YouTube."


    Over to Harleston Primary in Norfolk, UK!

    Corey writes: "I like to find out about sports from around the world and without the news we could find out these things."

    Indi and Samiah write: "We found the video of Martha's blog very inspiring. It is good to see that we can change people's lives with small simple things. As a school we support To Kenya with love to help children have a better education. We think it is important for us to help these countries and this is all supported by the news."

    Has anyone else been following Martha and the NeverSeconds story (see our film, right)?


    Pupils at Upton-by-Chester High School are online - hello to them!

    They have a response to Jacob and Matthew (see 1148). "We disagree, we should receive all of the news whether its bad or good".

    And Jess and Tom nominate the economy and world disasters, amongst other things, as newsworthy topics. They add this interesting point:

    "We think the news that is relevant to everybody should be broadcast, but news that involves celebrities and sports should be kept separately on channels such as MTV and Sky Sports News."

    We'd love to know what the rest of you think of that idea!


    Back to Wildern School pupils in Southampton, UK, about stories they think should make the news.

    Charlotte tells us: "I feel strongly about how some people are treating young girls and how they are making them get married so young, children are getting married from the age of 11-13."

    Aimee adds: "I feel very strongly about our country wasting all of our money on stupid things that we don't need like Titan the Robot (a 'entertainment robot') when we should be spending it on the poor countries that need the money much more then we do".

    And Lucy feels that "We need to do something quickly to help animals. We have caused many animal extinctions and deaths, by killing them unnecessarily, driving them out of their homes, hunting them, littering and dumping harmful things in their environment."


    Let's hear from Colegio Newland in Queretaro, Mexico, they write:

    "The news we follow... Well, sports, but in school we follow politics news.

    Now in Mexico we are going to change president and it is a big issue, because it is a difficult topic. The political parties have different points of view of the stuff that matters such as narcotics trafficking and unemployment. So, we have to be on track of what is going on to be sure we know what is going to happen in our society."

    Colegio Newland students in Queretaro, Mexico Colegio Newland students in Queretaro, Mexico

    Harleston Primary in Norfolk, UK, have emailed in with this message from Jacob and Matthew:

    "We think that the news is good but we think the news needs to tell us more good news instead of all the bad news.

    "We feel it is interesting as we have a right to know what is going on in the world."

    Classmate Max adds: "I think it is important to know about the good and bad things going on around the world as well as in your own country".


    Let's hear more from Khaitan Public School in Sahibabad, India - and for some of their pupils, sport is a big part of what they consider to be news.

    Vineet says: "What makes a good story for would be India's victory in the sports arena, be it cricket or football".

    Vishal feels that, "When India won the 1st rank in ODI,Test and T-20 cricket rankings it was super exciting news".

    Privithi adds that, "Virender Sehvag the Indian cricketer scoring 117 runs from 117 balls was fantastic news. A lot of sports news is what we watch and listen to."

    Khaitan pupils share their news stories with the rest of the school Khaitan pupils share their news stories with the rest of the school

    Is that true for pupils in other schools?


    Ashton from Providence High School in USA writes:

    "We are so lucky to have access to all of the technology that we do have, however, I believe that we have lost that essential connection between other human beings because of this. Technology has made it too easy to talk to one another, to come in contact with one another, to have a real relationship with someone.

    "Technology has caused us to lose that essential aspect of human interaction.

    "I wish that America, and any other technology based culture, would cut back on the amount of technology they used, so that we don't lose that one part of humanity that causes us to be human.

    "It is sad because, we, as humans, strive to evolve and change for the better, but it is through this evolving and new discoveries that has caused us to lose that one part of ourselves that makes us who we truly are."


    We've received some fantastic art from Year 8 students at LSA Technology and Performing Arts College in Lancashire, UK, who have participated in several debates this week.

    We'll be showcasing some of them today - with all of them using the theme of International Education Week, which is 'use your voice'.

    Great work guys!

    This colourful effort was created by Emma, George and George! This colourful effort was created by Emma, George and George!

    A pupil from Vijaya International School in Agra, India has a question for us all:

    "My parents decided to bring home a new 52 inch LED /plasma TV. They researched a lot; surfing on the internet,discussing with friends and talking to the company's dealers. My father decided on one brand while my mother decided on another brand.

    "The new LCD [television] arrived and the brand chosen by my father.

    "To be heard do you need to be a Male? What qualifies one to be heard. Isn't it our right to be heard?"

    Great questions here from Agra! And here's one from World Class: To be heard do you need to be an adult..?


    On the back of our question at 1129, Lily and Genevieve, from Harleston Primary School in Norfolk, England tell us that, "The news needs to be heard around the world or it would not be interesting.

    "The news needs to report good things as well as bad things. To make our voices heard we need to discover everything not just little bits. We like the news because we can learn about things from around the world."

    And classmate Grace adds: "It is important to hear news from around the world, some work stories have an impact on us and some people have family members around the world so it is good to know they are safe".


    Year 5 pupils at St Joseph's Primary School in London, UK have been thinking about the news stories that matter to them.

    Some of their key areas are, "Sports and entertainment, global conflicts, helping charities and 'events that affect me'".

    We like that last one - is news more important if it affects you directly? What do you think?


    Wildern School in Southmapton, UK have told us what's news to them and are using their voices to share some of the issues involved!

    Daniel writes: "I am concerned that after the London Olympic games, not enough is being done to preserve their legacy. For example school playing fields are being sold off! The government has cut the PE budget for sport in schools."

    Stephanie writes: "I feel very strongly about magazines using airbrushed photographs and adverts giving teenage girls giving the wrong impression about appearance."

    Faith writes: "I feel strongly that in schools we should have more active lessons such as PE and dance as we are constantly sitting in tiny classrooms which is bad for our health."

    Some great comments here - what issues do you think need more attention in the news? Do young people's views on the news get heard?


    Hello to Mohit from Sri Vemkateshwar International School in New Delhi, India!

    "I read in the newspaper that politian Rahul Gandhi is going to lead Congress' 2014 elections going to be held in India. I forsee it as a good change.

    "Rahul Gandhi is a young minister who is willing to seriously work for the betterment of the country and it's people.

    "This news may be the first step ahead in the direction of eradicating the problems like poverty, unemployment, corruption etc., which are a hindrance to India becoming a superpower of the world."

    Interesting points there. How many of you would share a political story with the world like Mohit has? If not, why not?


    Hello to Khaitan Public School, who have emailed in from Sahiababad, India! They have been considering news stories on both a local and a global level.

    Rashi says that, "News about what events are happening in the city is as interesting as what is happening globally around us. But what I do not like to hear in the news is about disaster, calamity on earth in any given region."

    Aditya, on the other hand, things that, "Some accomplishment of our school would also be interesting news - like the fact that (classmate) Moshin is competing in the National Skating Championship and his medal-winning streak ensures that he wins in every competition he competes in.

    "Now that definitely makes exciting news as I am proud of my fellow school mate."

    They've also send in some great pics from their assembly, in which pupils shared their news stories with the rest of the school:

    Khaitan students share their news stories with the rest of the school Khaitan students share their news stories with the rest of the school

    BBC School Report ‏@BBCSchoolReport

    Schools! From 1100, why not join the BBC World Class online forum to discuss what news means to you #worldclassdebate


    Wunshan Senior High School in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, tell us: "This is the news students would like to report and share with the world."

    "Taiwan is a small island but there are three nuclear power plants here with the fourth one under construction.

    "However, they don't know where to dump the nuclear waste because people living near the dump site are against it."

    Wunshan pupils debate what news story they would like to share with the world Wunshan pupils debate what news story they would like to share with the world

    It's great to hear from Junior High School number 29 in Szczecin, Poland - you are our first Polish school to take part this week!

    Pupils at School #29 have news about a competition which their school runs:

    "7 girls from our school are making a one-month project. It's called "Colourful class". It is subdivided into 3 parts. The first is about drawing one of 4 colors (white, green, blue or red) by the class holder and preparing in one week outfits in that color.

    In the second part jury (7 girls who are doing the project) visit every class on one arranged day take photos in their outfits.

    The third parts is choosing the winner and giving the prize. This is already the second edition of the competition. Last year students really enjoyed the contest. It's a good training of integration for classes."


    A warm World Class welcome to Hariri 3 School in Lebanon!

    Kassem writes: "We should shed light on saving the Lebanese forests in the news."

    Nour writes: "I'm sick of seeing piles of garbage everywhere. Let's talk more in the news about the importance of recycling. We, the new generation, can make a difference."

    Nourhan writes: "We should discuss in the news the importance of sports for teenagers."

    Three terrific ideas there from Lebanon. Do they strike a chord with schools elsewhere?


    Greetings from BBC World Class and welcome to our fifth and final 'Use your voice' debate for International Education Week.

    Today we're asking schools which news stories they want to share with the world, and what other ways young people can make their voices heard. Social media springs to mind.

    Today's debate is in partnership with BBC News School Report, which gives British schools a national platform for reporting news, and who are hosting a practice news day today.


    Hello everyone! We're just half an hour away from our fifth and final debate for International Education Week - and today, we'll be inviting pupils around the world to discuss what they would choose as news stories where they live - and how pupils can use their own voice and 'be heard'.

    If you're unfamiliar with live debates, it's easy to take part - all you need are some students and an internet connection. Full details on getting started are below.


    DEBATE TIME: Friday 16 November, 1100-1300

    For our fifth and final International Education Week debate, use your voice and be a reporter.

    For this debate we are teaming up with BBC News School Report - a project that gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

    There are many other ways for schools to make news including schools newspapers or work with local journalists.

    In this debate we can also explore different ideas of news in schools around the world.

    How it works

    In class, watch the videos on the right to get you thinking about the issues that affect where you live.

    Talk about them in class and come up with the three things, big or small, that pupils think would make a good news story to share with schools around the world.

    Come back to this page at any time between 1100-1300 GMT on Friday 16 November to share and discuss your ideas by emailing

    Some helpful tips are available in our teacher's guide to live debates.


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