BASED ON THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO SE1 UNITED IN THE PREVIOUS TWELVE MONTHS, EIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE WERE CHOSE TO TRAVEL TO HAVANA AND SANTIAGO

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After the riots which took place in London during the summer of 2011, members of SE1 United discussed ways in which young people could make an impact on government policy peacefully. They decided to do two things: invite local counsellors from the main political parties to canvas for their votes for the London Mayoral Election; and to visit environments that used alternative political systems. Cuba was chosen for this reason, in addition to the fact many of its population were of Yoruba heritage, an ethnic group heavily represented amongst SE1 United’s members.

Based on their contribution to SE1 United in the previous twelve months, eight young people were chosen to travel to Havana and Santiago in July 2012. The group visited an orphanage, a boxing gym, and an African heritage museum, in the process experiencing the Socialist philosophies that the country’s society is based upon. One of the significant learning outcomes from the trip was appreciating the opportunities that they have in the UK, and experiencing a society devoid of advertising.

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