A class of Welsh schoolchildren were in for quite a surprise Thursday when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron came by for a visit.
Per the BBC, the U.S. and U.K. leaders greeted the youngsters and their teachers at the Rogerstone, Newport, primary school by saying "Bore Da," which is "Good morning" in Welsh. Obama and Cameron joined in the kids' classroom for half an hour, which included watching a lesson on NATO led by an Army reservist.
Teachers explained the visit resulted from a tweet they sent to NATO in June saying the students "would love a VIP visit!" Parents told the BBC that the kids had been learning about NATO prior to the president and prime minister's visit, saying that actually meeting the world leaders was "an amazing opportunity for our children."
This friendly visit, which lasted about half an hour, happened before Obama and Cameron made their way to the 2014 NATO Summit. The leaders are presenting a united front, calling on NATO to confront terrorist group ISIS. Per the New York Times, the summit was originally intended to bring world leaders together to focus on "responding to Russia's escalating military intervention in Ukraine," but American and British efforts will also encourage an international discussion on how to stop ISIS.
In a joint editorial for The London Times, Obama and Cameron called for NATO to transition to a "more effective security network that fosters stability around the world."
Per the BBC, the children Obama and Cameron visited were among the many Welsh kids who have written postcards to leaders attending the NATO Summit "telling them what they would like to see changed in the world by the time they are adults." Those postcards will be presented to these leaders at the summit.