Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, visited the Community Education Trust (CET) School to present certificates to students who took part in the Children’s Voices for Peace Conference last year.
The Children’s Voices for Peace Conference aimed to bring awareness to the suffering to people across the world due to conflict. Several students made moving speeches on the subject, with a particular focus on Syria and the plight of refugees.
Alok was then invited to the CET School, where many of the children who spoke at the Conference attend as students, to present certificates to the speakers.
CET is a supplementary school operating in Reading on Saturday mornings during term time. The School was established in 2005 and has since then successfully provided tuition, support and mentoring to over 1000 children. CET is a registered charity, operating on a non-profit making basis, and is run by a team of qualified teachers and volunteers.
Alok also held a Q&A session for the students in attendance and was asked questions on several matters including cyber security, Brexit, education, social media and global conflicts.
Alok Sharma said: “I had a great visit to CET and enjoyed speaking to students, parents and teachers. There were many wide-ranging questions from the very bright students attending and I look forward to visiting again.”
Shahid Younis, Governor of CET, said: “Today we acknowledged the contribution children made in the April 2018 Peace Conference held at the Houses of Parliament. They spoke with passion and presented the case for peace on behalf of millions of children around the world. They were the best ambassadors of peace and we are proud of them all. We are grateful to Alok for taking the time to visit CET and present certificates.”
Photo: Alok Sharma MP with representatives, teachers and students of CET