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April 02, 2012

Gov. Shumlin to Host Vermont Global Issues Network at State House

Gov. Peter Shumlin will welcome over 200 Vermont high school students and teachers to the State House on April 9 to participate in the launch of the Vermont Global Issues Network, VTGIN.

The daylong conference will offer a range of workshops to give students information on pressing global issues affecting Vermont and the world. Students will have an opportunity to network and will be encouraged to work with teachers to learn more about global issues, spread the message and take action locally to impact one or more of these global concerns.

Issues highlighted during the event include energy, climate change, immigration, water and irrigation, social entrepreneurship, childhood hunger and more. Workshops will be led by experts including Judge Patricia Whalen, an official representative to the Hague Conference on Private International Law for the International Association of Women Judges; Joe Solomon, the social media coordinator for, a global grassroots climate campaign; and Joseph Kiefer, the founder and co-director of Food Works, an organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of hunger and poor nutrition in Vermont.

“These are the pressing issues facing our next generation of Vermonters, and we are excited to bring students and teachers together to focus on creating a better future, state and world,” the Governor said. “A key goal is to give students the information they need to work with their peers across the globe to find solutions to these shared problems and opportunities.”

Ken Page, Executive Director of the Vermont Principals’ Association added, "This conference is a rare opportunity for involved and committed students and staff, to learn together and become energized about generating solutions to real-world problems. This is a fine example of 21st century learning beyond the schoolhouse walls. What could be better?"

In addition to encouraging students to become active in tackling these issues, teachers are being urged to work with students to develop courses or units of study for the next school year to address global issues as part of the curriculum. Similar forums are being conducted in communities around the world.

There is very limited space left to register for the conference. The press is invited to cover the event.

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Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: April 02, 2012 14:58:23