Chifley College students take on the world's problems

Home: Chifley College year 9 students Rheanna Hunter and Denise Jarrett attended the Young Mob World Vision Cup in Brazil last month. Picture: Geoff Jones

Home: Chifley College year 9 students Rheanna Hunter and Denise Jarrett attended the Young Mob World Vision Cup in Brazil last month. Picture: Geoff Jones

Chifley College students Rheanna Hunter and Denise Jarrett put their own perspective on youth problems before soccer fever took hold in the World Cup's host country.

The year 9 students at the college's Shalvey campus were among eight delegates to represent Australia in the Young Mob World Vision Cup in Recife, Brazil, in May.

They were joined at the combined soccer tournament and youth conference by students from 10 other nations including Ethiopia, Haiti, Canada, Germany, Korea, Honduras and Bolivia.

"It was a bit hard to communicate because you had to have three translators, but seeing all of the different countries' traditions and cultures was cool because you learnt from them," Denise said.

"It was quite different and very upbeat.

"Everyone was happy and dancing."

The delegates spoke about problems affecting young people across the globe such as malnutrition, violence, sexual abuse and child labour.

Rheanna said it was common for children not to live with their parents in some countries because the parents couldn't afford to support them or were dependent on drugs or alcohol.

Denise said parenting programs were suggested to help, while the economic importance of not relying on one country alone to supply things such as food or building materials was also highlighted.

"I saw that Australia has heaps more crops, food and clean water compared to the other countries," Denise said. "Brazil is pretty cool but I'm lucky to live in Australia."

The girls were selected for the World Vision Cup after taking part in a Young Mob leadership program on Wednesdays at school.

They demonstrated group leadership and communication skills as well as a desire to enhance Aboriginal culture and community awareness of health and other topics.

They also visited a local beach and spoke to members of the United Nations about their conference work while in Brazil.

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