Pupils write letters to NATO ahead of Summit

Schoolchildren across Wales have been given the opportunity to write to NATO leaders about their hopes for the future, ahead of the NATO Summit in Newport later this year.

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Schoolchildren to pen messages to NATO leaders

Primary school pupils from Wales are to be given the opportunity to write a personal message to the NATO world leaders about their hopes for the future.

Photo caption - Pupils from Mount Pleasant primary school in Newport start work on their postcards Credit: Welsh Government

Five classes of nine and 10 year olds from across Wales have been asked to answer the question of what they would like to have changed in the world by the time they have become adults.

The NATO Conference, held on 4 and 5 September, will be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande.

28 of the best letters will be chosen and personally given to world leaders during the Summit.

This year's summit in Wales will be one of the most important summits in NATO's history as world leaders consider how NATO can continue to be at the forefront of building stability in an unpredictable world.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said;

"NATO leaders will hear the hopes of the children growing up in towns and villages right across Wales as they sit in summit talks and we will have given a group of children a once in a lifetime opportunity to send a message to some of the most prominent leaders of the world."

Mr Andrew Rothwell from Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport who teaches one of the classes taking part said;

"Writing these postcards has lit a flame in these children - we'd already talked a lot in class about this summit that's happening on their doorstep and to now have the chance to be a part of it has really captured their imagination."

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