Winton student off to France
Ambassador to commemmorate WWIMARY WITSEY IN WINTON
A Central Southland College student is the only Southlander selected to travel to France later this year as part of a Young Ambassadors programme commemorating the World War I.
Emma Kane will join nine other students from around New Zealand in the joint initiative sponsored by the French Embassy and the New Zealand Government to represent the country at WW1 commemoration ceremonies in France in July.
The third year French student said she was delighted to be selected and hoped the experience would be beneficial.
"It's pretty exciting for me. The project aims to boost awareness of World War 1 and I think it's important to do that because a lot of young people don't know about the war and it we don't learn about it, it could be forgotten.
"I'm also really interested in the French language, so any opportunity to improve that will be good."
As part of the project Emma has been asked to research the stories of members of the Southland community who took part in WW1 which she will then share with the French community during her visit.
"I'm really keen to hear from anyone who might have information."
The young ambassadors will spend two weeks in the North East of France and Paris visiting historical and cultural sites related to the war.
They will also be received by official authorities in Paris and will take part in the July 14 ceremonies in Paris.
The programme is being coordinated by The Shared Histories Support Team and spokesperson Glenda Palmer said it had the potential to reach a wide range of people in New Zealand and France, while connecting young people with their heritage.
- The Southland Times
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