Earlier this week students from Eastbury Community School popped round to my Barking office to drop off a small box of paper backpacks they had made.
The backpacks are part of the “Send My Friend to School” campaign which is run by the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education. This campaign brings together thousands of children across the UK calling on world leaders to keep their promise of giving every child the right to an education. At the moment we have a global education crisis with 124 million children out of school around the world. You can find out more about the campaign here.
On the backpacks, the students wrote messages calling on every child to have the same right to an education as they do. Some of the best messages included:
‘Children without education is a tragedy. Every child deserves education so fix up and do something!’
‘Do something useful. Give every child an education!’
‘We are all born with the right of education’
‘I go to school. Why can’t they?’
‘Our generation can change the world!’
I loved the messages so much that I decided to decorate my office with them!
I’m sending the rest of the backpacks to the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, the new Secretary of State for International Development to let her know about this brilliant campaign.
I am really pleased to be supporting the students at Eastbury Community School in their campaign for every child to have the right to an education. I am very proud that our children in Barking and Dagenham are putting pressure on world leaders to do more. I hope the Government takes note and listens to the voices of children in the Borough.