Students across Gloucestershire will be able to see Hillary Clinton in Cheltenham
choolchildren and students from across Gloucestershire will be guests of honour at the hottest event in the county this autumn. Tickets for Hillary Clinton's visit to the Centaur next month sold out in just 48 minutes, before they went on general sale but now young people from the county will be able to attend. The University of Gloucestershire has invited students and school children from across the county to hear the 2016 US Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Journalism students from the University of Gloucestershire and more than 40 pupils from All Saints Academy, Dene Magna, Gloucester Academy, Newent Community School, Pate's Grammar School, Pittville School, Severn Vale School, Tewkesbury School and Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service will be invited to attend and be the University of Gloucestershire’s special guests at the event at the event on 15 October.
Anne Dawson, Head of the School of Media at the University of Gloucestershire said: “To be directly involved in hosting one of the world’s most significant politicians, a woman who challenged for the leadership of the more powerful nation in the western world, is an extraordinary opportunity for the students studying at the University of Gloucestershire Media School.
"We are delighted too, as part of our outreach activity, to be able to extend this invitation to school students from across the region. We would, of course, be thrilled if attending this event inspires them to go on to become journalists, writers and politicians.”
The University of Gloucestershire’s Media School will challenge the pupils from schools across Gloucestershire to write a 300-word news report after the event which will be entered into a competition. The winner will receive a special prize and framed copies of their entry to take back to their homes and schools.
Alex Trainer, Vice Principal, Gloucester Academy, in Gloucester said: “By giving our students the opportunity to see one of the most significant politicians of our time, it allows them to connect with a world that can seem otherwise abstract and distant. At Gloucester Academy we strongly believe that we are responsible for educating children both in an academic sense and in the wider sense of the world. The chance to see Hillary Rodham Clinton is one that will help to shape their understanding of the world and it is a truly significant opportunity to understand the kind of determination that it takes to become a highly successful leader so that they can become the leaders of the future.”