Students Campaign to End Child Cotton Slavery; GARSTON Invited to Speak at Oxford University

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Byline: James Legge

YOUNG campaigners in Garston were invited to Oxford University to present a project about child slavery.

The students, from the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, were chosen to address a national forum with their work, raising awareness of forced child labour in Uzbekistan, at The Said Business School.

The event marks the launch of 2020 Education, a campaign focusing on getting young people thinking about the challenges their generation will face in the 21st century. Students from ten schools across the country will also present their ideas, all of which will be made into a programme for TV and radio, presented by Rageh Omaar.

The project, called Cut Cotton Crimes: Can You Feel The Sadness In Your Clothes?, is run by the youngsters, working with Liverpool International Slavery Museum.

They were shocked when they visited the museum's 2011 exhibition about the government-sanctioned child labour in the Uzbeki cotton industry.

Young people their age in Uzbekistan are regularly pulled out of school and forced to pick cotton for 70 hours a week in terrible conditions. …