On Friday 22 February students at St Joseph’s Catholic College took the opportunity to talk to Swindon’s two MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland about how they can campaign for political change and make their voices heard on issues that they believe in.
Hungry for Change
With one in every seven people not having enough to eat, despite the world producing enough food for everyone, students at the college are supporting CAFOD’s ‘Hungry for Change’ campaign.
They talked to the two MPs about how they can lobby government on having a fairer food system for developing nations, and a fairer global supply chain for producers.
Keen to hear about how they can make change happen, students from Years 7 to 11 showed them ‘loaves and fishes’ cards featuring messages from students, staff and parents supporting change for farmers and checks on global food companies, as well discussing the issue with Robert and Justin, pictured above.
After spending time with younger students, the college’s Sixth Formers had the chance to quiz the two parliamentarians on the role of an MP, Parliament and Government, subject matter covered by this term’s citizenship classes.
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: "I was so impressed to see the enthusiasm that the students had for the Hungry for Change campaign and the brilliant net of fish that they had made with their messages and prayers on.
"I think their decision to be a part of a national campaign on something so fundamental as food for the world’s growing population is admirable and standing up to take responsibility for trying to change things about the world in which we live is an important part of being a good citizen.
"I was extremely pleased to see so many students willing to make their thoughts count by writing to the Prime Minister. Swindon is certainly lucky to have so many model young citizens."
Photos: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com