By Katherine Joyce and Negar Shayan
Two soon-to-be S5 UTS students, Natalka Bowley and Jonathan Liu were selected to represent Canada at the Global Classroom G20 Finance Track at the G20 Summit. They were the only two students selected from across the country! Natalka and Jonathan joined students from 12 other G20 countries for the annual summit, which was held this year in Hamburg, Germany from July 5-9. The German Ministry of Finance and Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) organized the program, which teaches students about central banking, digitization, and financial policy.
Activities included a visit to the oldest school in Hamburg (Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums, founded in 1529), a cruise of the Hamburg port on the River Elbe, and teambuilding activities without using their sight at Dialogue in the Dark.
The 20 students then collaborated on a communiqué which had questions that they, as youth, want to ask the G20 leaders. The communiqué was shared with the German Minister of Finance. The program concluded with a dinner hosted by Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, (and Natalka’s mother) Chrystia Freeland. The students also got to meet PM Justin Trudeau!
We want to especially thank Nicola Townend for coordinating the UTS participation in the Global Classroom program, and Jon Bitidis and Maureen McCarthy for providing support around the entry selection.
Congratulations again, Natalka and Jonathan!