U of O Amnesty International Chapter to sponsor video conference

Release Date: 10/12/2007

Clarksville, Ark. -- On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the International Day for Poverty Eradication, University of the Ozarks students will have the opportunity to participate in a global video conference to discuss topics such as debt relief and education. The video conference will link students in a live, direct dialogue with young leaders in other countries including Honduras, Senegal and Uganda.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Walker Hall.

The video conference will open with reports by guest experts at each site giving presentations in response to the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between relief and education in countries of the Global South?
  • What has the impact been on education when countries have received debt relief? On boys and girls in those countries, on teachers?
  • What can governments in the Global South do to promote debt relief and access to education?
  • In what ways are international financial institutions and countries in the Global North morally, politically, socially, economically obligated to provide debt relief, and by extension, education?
  • How can students get involved to secure debt relief, and then translate this to gains in education? How can students get involved in promoting education in countries of the Global South?

This video conference is sponsored by the U of O Amnesty International Chapter in a partnership with Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), a youth organization that seeks to empower young people to take up today’s global challenges -- such as climate change, poverty, AIDS, terrorism and violent conflict -- as the special mission of their generation.