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Melland students’ positive impact for Manchester’s UNICEF Child Friendly City Status Bid

Melland High School Sixth Formers had the exciting opportunity to be part of history in the making. Manchester is a candidate to be a UNICEF Child Friendly City. Students were invited to present at a ‘Full Council Meeting’, chaired by the Lord Mayor of Manchester and attended by all 96 elected members, to discuss the important issues taking place across the city.  Melland’s presentation focused on the priority badge ‘Equal & Included’ to ensure that all children and young people, regardless of their background, culture and ability, feel welcome in the city, are protected from discrimination and have the same opportunities to grow, learn, explore and have fun.

The whole school stepped up to the challenge to create a video for the presentation that ensured as many voices and opinions were heard. A group of 12 Sixth Formers attended the meeting and experienced what it is like to visit the Town Hall and the Council Chambers with four students presenting to the council members. Students demonstrated excellent self-belief and communication and confidently addressed the room. Students also gained an insight into what it is like to work in the public sector and Manchester City Council. Melland are incredibly proud of students’ exemplary behaviour, and they received many kind, supportive and positive comments about the school’s contribution.

A huge thanks to Caroline Roberts, Careers Co-ordinator, for planning the project, to Paul Morgan for creating the video in such a short time, to Debbie Mellows for coordinating the students and organising the visit and a special thanks to Jo Aungier and David Naraynsingh from Manchester City Council for inviting Melland to take part in this prestigious event.

Young people presentation at at Manchster Town hall, to Manchester councillors in connection with the councils application to become a UNICEF child-friendly city.
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