The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alastair Burt MP answered questions from students of Norlington School for Boys and Connaught School for Girls, both in Leytonstone, on Monday 13th of December.
The FCO Minister answered a number of questions asked by the students about foreign policy, ranging in subject from Afghanistan to counter terrorism.
The event held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provided an opportunity for the students to share their thoughts on foreign policy issues and to ask questions. The Minister was extremely impressed by the students, describing them as “truly engaging”.
Organised by Mosaic, the group of students that visited the FCO consisted of ten Mosaic Star students from Norlington School for Boys and Connaught School for Girls. Mosaic is part of The Prince’s Charities and provides mentoring programmes through which they aim to create opportunities for young people – championed by Muslims and harnessing the power of positive thinking.
“The students did a lot of research and prepared their questions really well” said Zahara Choudri, Mosaic’s London Delivery Coordinator and Research Officer, who led the visit to the FCO, “by visits like these, we hope to ensure that young people aspire to worthwhile careers and get inspired by positive role models.”
Both the students and their teachers were very enthusiastic about this opportunity and the chance to experience and learn from the UK’s diplomatic service. As a result of the successful visit, the FCO and Mosaic are planning to organise a series of similar events with different schools in London that will really help to develop and inspire students involved.