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November 30, 2019

Landmine Free World by 2025

2019-11-30T08:36:14+00:00November 30th, 2019|

Alumnus Edwin Gonzalez from Nicaragua was invited by the Norwegian MFA and Red Cross to attend the Oslo Review Conference, on the prohibition of the use and destruction of personnel mines, which took place between 25-29 November 2019.

While we are still awaiting the final outcome of the event, Edwin, himself a land mine survivor, was uplifted by this experience. “I am impressed with how people from many sectors have come together to tackle the problems created by the garbage of war. It takes a lot of resources, willpower and know-how to take up the battle against these destructive forces. But what encourages me most is to see the shift from a land-based focus to a human focus. After all it is the concern for human beings we are fighting for. I leave Oslo with strengthened hope.”

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International Children’s Day

2019-11-25T10:05:31+00:00November 25th, 2019|

International Children’s Day was celebrated in style in Førde. We contributed with music and rhythms from the stage – and tastes from all over the world in our stalls. Many children had their names written in Chinese. Thanks to the Førde Festival for providing this meeting place for us all.

Click here for some pictures from the day.

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Annual Thor Heyerdahl lecture

2019-11-25T11:19:17+00:00November 22nd, 2019|

Our annual Thor Heyerdahl lecture was delivered by Lizzie Daly today. What a way to start the day! Lizzie told about her work as conservationist and communicator with wildlife all over the globe. Lizzie has worked as a presenter on National Geographic, BBC and Animal Planet. Her lecture was very much in the spirit of Thor Heyerdahl in building a bridge between scientific understanding and reaching wider audiences. During her visit, Lizzie also engaged with students during hikes, she gave a workshop on human-wildlife conflicts and conservation and enriched our Geography and Biology classes.

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October 21, 2019

A21 – Walk for Freedom

2019-10-27T13:11:08+00:00October 21st, 2019|

On Saturday, October 19th over 50 UWCRCN Students hosted a “Walk for Freedom” in our local town, Førde, which happened simultaneously in 450 other locations around the globe involving 70 million people. “It’s our way of telling the world that slavery still exists and that it will never be okay–not on our watch. Walk For Freedom is our global response to human trafficking–an outward expression of our inward desire to see slavery abolished everywhere, forever.” Our walk, together with a flash mob, aims at raising public awareness of modern slavery. We gave out hundreds of flyers with information including emergency contacts in and outside of Norway.

Our Mission doesn’t allow us to be just observers when other people lose their freedom and dignity. Our students publicly proclaimed the following:

“Slavery still exists in the 21st century. People like you and I bought and sold as commodities. People like you and I, in this city and in this nation. But you and I are here today. We refuse to just talk about injustice; to simply post about it. Instead, we’re here together in strength and numbers. We have the power to change the statistics. And we’re changing them right now. This is our Walk For Freedom. A walk for justice and human dignity. A walk for hope and restoration. From Australia to Ghana, India to Brazil. All over the world, we will abolish slavery with each step. Let’s never forget that we don’t just say it–we believe it. A world without slavery is possible. While human trafficking is destroying lives, we know that freedom will have the final word.”

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