Mike backs Education for all

mike with local studentsMike Gapes welcomed students from Park School Ilford and Seven Kings High School to see exhibits in the House of Commons to help get Education for All.

An exhibition was held this week in the House of Commons, Westminster, including artwork from Park School Ilford. The exhibition is part of the Send My Sister to School campaign in which over half a million young people in the UK took part, to support girls’ education worldwide.

The photograph - reproduced with the permission of Action Aid - shows Mike with local students.

Today 67 million children in the developing world are missing out on education. In parts of the world a disproportionate number of them are girls.

For girls, education is the key to improving their own health, reducing infant mortality and to enabling them to participate in society. 

In 2000 world leaders promised that every child in the world – both boys and girls - would complete a quality primary education by 2015. This promise became part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, as we approach 2015 there are still millions of young people and adults in the world who are denied their right to an education.

Through the campaign pupils learn about the importance of education, the lives of their peers in other countries and how to participate in the democratic process. For many it is their first introduction to the role of their MP, the Prime Minister and other world leaders in bringing about change at a global level.

Park School is one of the schools whose artwork has been included in the Send My Sister to School exhibition. Altogether young people from over 6,000 schools created inspiring ‘Sister’ messages, which were sent directly to their MPs for a response.

Mike Gapes MP for Ilford South said

“It was very moving and inspiring to receive the ‘sister ‘ messages and artwork from Park school . I was delighted to be able to arrange for the girls to have a tour of Parliament and then to meet me at the exhibition to see their work and that of many other pupils from schools throughout the United Kingdom. It was an impressive display.”

Navdeep Bual and Yasir YeahiaSpeakers at the official opening included two Seven Kings High School students 2011 GCE UK Young Ambassadors 15 year-old Navdeep Bual and Yasir Yeahia, shown in the photograph (reproduced with the permission of Action Aid).  They were joined by Tony Cunningham MP, Shadow Minister for Development with responsibility for Education, Mark Williams MP, member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)on Education For All

Send My Sister to School was organised by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a coalition of charities such as ActionAid, Oxfam and Comic Relief and teachers unions including the National Union of Teachers (NUT), united in their determination to make the right to education a reality.

The 2012 Send My Friend to School campaign is inspired by Olympic fever. As athletes flock to London to test their abilities in hundreds of sporting events, the opportunity will be taken to reflect on another race, the Great Global Education Race 2000 - 2015.

In 2000 over 140 million children were out of school and the Great Global Education Race got off to a good start. Millions of children in Africa, Asia and Latin America went to school for the first time. But number of children out of school has stayed stubbornly at 67 million for 2 years now, with only 3 years to the finishing line.

To find out more about the campaign, visit www.sendmyfriend.org.

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