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Young News Readers: Analysing world events `more important than ever'

Pupils from St Louise's Comprehensive College in west Belfast help launch the Irish News Young News Readers Project. Picture by Hugh Russell

ASSESSING, analysing and forming opinions about world events is more important than ever, school pupils have been told.

The Young News Readers Project 2020 introduces pupils to the world of newspapers in conjunction with The Irish News.

The award-winning critical literacy project was launched last week at St Louise's Comprehensive College in west Belfast.

Some of the pupils who took part last year were awarded certificates at the launch.

They were told that more than 5,600 young people had signed up to take part so far this year.

"It has developed significantly since it was first launched in 2017, and we already have over 100 schools and almost 6,000 pupils signed up, who all want to improve their understanding of the regional, national and international news they receive from a variety of sources," said Noel Doran, editor of The Irish News.

"We are in the era of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Brexit so it may be difficult to say whether young people are regarding the news agenda with fascination or absolute horror, but assessing, analysing and ultimately making up your own mind is arguably more important than ever."

Participants will receive a `school edition' of the newspaper, which includes content from the previous seven days in The Irish News.

This year will feature a guest editor - Annette Kelly from Little Penny Thoughts, which promotes positive mental health and holistic well-being.

Everyone that registers will be entered into a draw to win a Little Penny Thoughts workshop for their school.

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