Rory Stewart is calling on all secondary schools in Penrith and The Border to get involved in a new competition about addressing poverty worldwide.

The Shape the Future competition, calls on young people from across the country to outline and present their ideas for the future of the Millennium Development Goals. This year the competition will ask young people to outline and present their priorities for improving the lives of women and girls worldwide. All secondary schools will be invited to take part, with the contest aimed at pupils between the ages of 11 and 16. Finalists will be invited to present their ideas at a youth event in the run up to the Girl Summit 2014 which the Prime Minister is hosting in London on July 22nd. The Girl Summit will focus on tackling FGM (female genital mutilation) and CEFM (child, early and forced marriage) at home and overseas.

Rory said: “This competition presents a unique opportunity to engage young people in girls’ and women’s issues and make their voices heard. It also represents an opportunity to give children in our schools the chance to voice their ideas on the excellent development work the UK is doing around the world, with the aim of improving lives globally. I really do hope that we can get some of our local schools to show the rest of the UK the breadth and depth of talent that Penrith and The Border’s young people have to offer, and display our awareness of the need to invest in the developing world as a means of improving global opportunities for all of us.”

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