The search is on for two teenagers to become the Young Ambassadors for the 2016 Send My Friend to School Campaign. The winners will visit Kenya on a fact-finding mission with Deaf Child Worldwide and the Global Campaign for Education UK to discover some of the barriers still denying millions of children their right to a quality education.
The two Year 10 pupils will visit projects run by Deaf Child Worldwide and meet deaf children, teachers, government officials and charity workers in urban and rural parts of the country. They will explore what support is needed to ensure deaf children can achieve in line with their hearing classmates.
In Kenya, most deaf children have no technological support, such as hearing aids. Those who do go to school are often in classes with up to 50 pupils, where the majority of their teachers have never received any deaf awareness training, making learning next to impossible. Leaving school with no education or communication skills often commits them to a life of poverty.
Following the trip the winners will share their first-hand experience to help drive the Send My Friend to School campaign. The Young Ambassadors will help to inspire millions of other young people around the UK to speak out for the right of all children everywhere to receive a quality education. They will be given the opportunity to support the campaign by spreading the word via the media, speaking at events and to politicians.
Do you know of any young people who have got what it takes to be Young Ambassadors? For full competition details please click here The closing date is 16 November 2015.