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Teenagers set for India trip

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:47 05 July 2010

Two of East Anglia's "exceptional" teenagers are preparing for a dream trip to India after being named among the nation's elite for a project dreamed up by Gordon Brown.

Two of East Anglia's “exceptional” teenagers are preparing for a dream trip to India after being named among the nation's elite for a project dreamed up by Gordon Brown.

Salema Junior, from Norwich, and Richard Miner, from Lowestoft, are among 100 young people chosen for the prime minister's Global Fellowship, which is designed to nurture “outstanding talent and enterprise”.

Salema, who attended Norwich School, said she hoped to “gain a greater perspective on life” during the six-week trip.

And Richard, who has just finished his A-levels at Sir John Leman High, Beccles, has an entrepreneurial background, having started a music management and PR company with friends while at school.

Richard, 19, said: “I had to answer a series of questions on my application. That was then whittled down to a few hundred applicants. We attended a nine-hour interview and workshop. When I was selected I was over the moon.”

Richard is going to India from July 19 to August 31, and will spend time in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

The 100 global fellows will spend six weeks in one of three emerging global economic giants - China, India and Brazil. Their visits will include two weeks hosted by a major global company.

On Friday, they got together in London for training to prepare them for their trips.

They were all chosen after a competitive process. The programme was open to all young people aged 18 or 19 at the start of the fellowship.

The programme is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and will be managed by the British Council.

It is made up of three parts:

a two-week cultural programme, introducing them to life and language in the country they are visiting

two weeks in a school or college where they can meet young people, help as a language assistant and pursue a research project

two weeks as the guest of the global company, where they will get the understanding of how an international business works.

Participating companies are B&Q, Cadbury Schweppes, Cambridge University Press, Danone, Group 4 Security, HSBC, KPMG, Shell, Tesco, Tata Consultancy (TCS) and Virgin Atlantic.

The fellows will share their experiences on the social networking site Bebo, where they will compile diaries/blogs and post videos and photos.

They will also be asked to share their experiences with other young people in their community when they get home.

In November they will all get together to take part in “good entrepreneurship week” and will meet Mr Brown at Downing Street.

Mr Brown said: “They have demonstrated outstanding talent and potential. The Global Fellowships programme will offer these young people the opportunity to see first-hand the new world of the 21st century that is opening up before us.”

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