Student videoconference celebrates abolition of slavery

"Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation" is the theme of the Fifth Annual Global Student Videoconference which will link 500 students from UNESCO Associated Schools in Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States with other students at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, March 19.

This live interactive forum, for students aged 15 through 18, commemorates the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade which falls on 25 March.  

The event celebrates in particular the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the U.S. and the 180th anniversary of the Slavery Abolition Act of 28 August 1833 which ended slavery in the British Empire. 

During the videoconference students will make presentations on the theme using theatrical re-enactments, poetry, music, statements and readings from historical texts. They will also interact and ask questions about what was presented. 

Students can also communicate via social media, and live tweets will be displayed in the conference room at the UN.

The event will be webcast live so that schools anywhere in the world can view the proceedings and send comments/questions via the dedicated Facebook page.