April 24, 2015

North Park Secondary School students selected to represent Canada at J7 Summit in Berlin

North Park Social Justice Club selected out of 43 Canadian applicants to attend international youth summit

Six students who are a part of North Park Secondary School's Social Justice Club have been selected to represent Canada at the international J7 Summit in Berlin. During the youth summit, students will meet with other delegates from G7 countries and discuss issues, including fair trade, health, poverty and women's and girls' rights. Delegates will conclude the summit by presenting their positions on these issues to German Federal Chancellor and G7 Chair, Angela Merkel.

"This incredible opportunity is recognition of the dedication these students have shown over the past few years," says Pradeep Rajah, principal of North Park. "Our students are now internationally recognized as youth leaders and advocates for human rights and global activism."

Students will discuss the following topics from this year's G7 Summit:

  • marine environment and governance as it relates to the use of resources in the fight against climate change
  • promoting healthy lifestyles that combat disease found in poverty and fighting antibiotic resistance
  • equal rights and access to education for women and girls
  • supply chain standards and fair economy in the fight against poverty

Students will also have the opportunity to provide opinions on other international topics that they feel passionate about.

"The J7 Summit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this dedicated group of students to engage with youth across the world about important international issues," says Miriam Mirza, teacher at North Park and founder of the school's Social Justice Club. "This summit represents years of hard work with an incredible and diverse group of driven students."

Mirza co-founded the Social Justice Club at North Park with fellow teacher Paul Brown four years ago and has watched attendance grow from a handful of students to hundreds. The six students created a video along with an essay for their application and, according to the planning committee at UNICEF, were selected unanimously among 43 groups that applied across Canada. The J7 Summit will be held from May 6 to May 14, 2015, in Berlin, Germany.

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Media Contact: Pradeep Rajah, Principal, North Park Secondary School, 905-456-1906, [email protected]

Reference:  Matthew Anderson, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 3567, [email protected]

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