Alys Elica Zaerin is a student at Alexandra Park school in north London and the convenor of School Students Against the War. She says:
“After Bob Geldof’s call for one million people to protest in Edinburgh against the G8, we want as many school students there as possible. I’m going to be one of them.
“Everyone has a responsibility. Britain is hosting the G8 summit. School students think and have strong convictions, just like older people.
“We want to protest against poverty, war and Bush and Blair’s neo-liberal agenda. We have a responsibility to voice our concerns.
“Members of School Students Against the War wrote a letter to the Guardian last week in response to the general secretary of the Nasuwt teachers’ union.
“He said he hoped school students would sit quietly in class while Bush, Blair and Berlusconi meet in Scotland.
“We are saying, what is more important — making our voices heard by the tyrants or a few lessons in school? A number of students are organising to not go to school, but to go to Scotland and protest.
“A protest is a learning and enriching experience. Making poverty and war history are subjects everyone is concerned about.
“Poverty, Third World debt, militarisation — there are so many issues that are a consequence of Bush and Blair’s policies.
“We have a chance to protest on behalf of the millions of people who will be affected by the words spoken at the G8 summit in Scotland in July.”
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