Britain's Got Talent star Alesha Dixon joined a host of celebrities at the May Fair Hotel in London last night to launch Children United - a new online platform helping children across the globe to discuss issues that matter to them.
Designed by Skoolbo supported by Microsoft, Children United is the brainchild of education charity Achievement for All, leading children's newspaper First News, and Skoolbo.
A new single, 'We Are The Children United', featuring Alesha Dixon and the voices of children from around the world, has been launched to raise awareness of the new charity.
Alesha, a judge on the new series of Britain's Got Talent, said:
"Getting involved with Children United was a no-brainer! I love the idea of children coming together from all around the world - having a voice and being heard. I think it's really important. They're the next generation and we need to hear them and they need to be considered."
You can hear the single and watch the video here.
Registration for the Children United Website opens today and will go fully live and interactive in September. The site will be moderated by schools around the world to ensure a secure environment for children to be able to talk together.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer of Achievement for All Sonia Blandford said:
"Achievement for All are so proud to be a founding partner organisation of Children United. Children are our future, and through the platform we look forward to empowering them, giving them a voice, and ensuring that their views are heard on the issues that really matter to them. Seeing children brought together from across the world is incredible and a first for 21st century technology. We would really encourage teachers to register at www.childrenunited.com and start making use of this fantastic resource."
The video can be seen on Youtube at http://tinyurl.com/CUAlesha
Announced in the Sunday Times today, 25th January 2015.
Education: Professor Sonia Blandford
“This is a huge honour; it feels odd to see my name alongside people like David Beckham and Mary Berry. I hope, if nothing else, it shows that people from all walks of life can and should have the highest aspirations and that background should play no part in determining your future. My mum, who couldn’t read and my dad, a factory worker, would not have believed this!” – Sonia Blandford
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