We have proudly participated in a global campaign for education – Send My Friend to School. Pupils and staff created paper rucksacks symbolising the journeys made by children who have to leave their homes and schools, adding messages to tell our local MP (David Nuttall) what we think world leaders should be doing to help millions of children who are missing out on an education! It is hoped he will pass them on to the Prime Minister.
Information from the Send My Friend web site:
Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school.
Global Campaign for Education
Send My Friend to School is run by the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education.
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a global organisation working to ensure quality education for all children, with members in over 100 countries.
In the UK the campaign seeks to increase community awareness of the state of education internationally and generate the political will necessary to ensure the UK plays an active and effective part in efforts to secure education for all.
Over twenty charities and teaching unions work together as the GCE UK coalition, delivering the Send My Friend to School campaign and undertaking parliamentary and advocacy work. Read more at our GCE UK website.
You can also find out about GCE around the world at www.campaignforeducation.org. In the UK over twenty charities and teaching unions work together in favour of education for all as the GCE UK coalition.
Education for all
In 2015, world leaders signed up to a new set of commitments for a better world to tackle issues such as hunger and poverty. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a successor to the Millennium Development Goals and they include a goal of providing education for all, up to the age of 15, by 2030.
There is a global education crisis: 124 million children are out of school around the world (59 million children of primary school age and 65 million children of lower secondary school age).
Of the 650 million primary school age children in the world 250 million are not learning the basics, due to poor quality of education or early drop out from school. Of these 130 million children have not learned the basics and 120 million dropped out of school by grade 4.
World leaders must do more. At the current rate of progress it will be 2086 before every child is in school.