Send My Friend to School Parliamentary Reception
Kate Evans Education Marketing & Communications Manager
9th Jul 2013
Burntwood School student Emily Howe, aged 15, reports from the Parliamentary Reception for the 2013 Send My Friend To School Campaign, which was organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All.
On Tuesday 9th of July, I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon in Parliament. I got to share this experience with two other young people; Sam Whittingham and Millie Wells, who are the Young Ambassadors for education. We went to a Parliamentary Reception for the 'Send My Friend to School Campaign.'
In the year 2000, governments from around the world promised that by 2015 every child would get at least a primary education. However, there are still 57 million children around the world still not in school.
In February Sam and Millie traveled to India on behalf of the campaign and visited schools in Delhi. At the meeting they talked about how they were shocked by what they saw, such as 70- 80 children in one class with just one teacher.
Also speaking at the meeting were Edem Adubra and Marg Mayne. Edem Adubra works for UNESCO. He was extremely passionate about this campaign because he had witnessed firsthand what not getting an education can do to people. Marg Mayne is the chief executive of VSO and spoke about improving the skills of teachers in developing countries. Listening to these speakers made me realise that actually quite a bit is being done to get every child into a primary education, but still a lot more needs to be done to make the 2015 goal achievable.
After the conference was over Sam and Millie went to meet their MP Desmond Swayne. They presented him with hundreds of paper puppets on which kids from their school had written what their ideal teacher was like, and what qualities they would have. Desmond Swayne said to Millie and Sam that he would try and give them to David Cameron himself. Afterwards Sam and Millie posed for pictures with their MP in front of Big Ben with some of the paper puppets that they had collected.
Overall I had a great afternoon, and I hope that after that conference the governments that made the promise of education for all try even harder to fulfill it.