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Send My Friend to School

Lisa Rutherford / Oxfam

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The 2016 Send My Friend to School campaign is calling on pupils in the UK to speak out about the tens of millions of children who are missing out on their right to education due to conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies.  

A new FREE teaching pack has been launched to inspire pupils aged 5-15 to become active global citizens and make their voices heard.

Speak out about the 37 million children missing out on school because of emergencies

Worldwide the numbers of people affected by emergencies is at an all time high, displacing more children than ever before from their homes and schools. World leaders have made a new commitment to deliver quality education for every child up until the age of 15, but less than 2% of aid in emergencies goes to education.

Half of all Syrian children are missing out on school and, every year, natural disasters affect 175 million children and disrupt schooling for many. In Sierra Leone nearly 2 million children were forced to abandon school because of Ebola. Violence in Nigeria has also displaced 1.4 million children and destroyed 900 schools.

This summer term thousands of pupils in the UK will be creating powerful messages in the form of colourful paper school bags to deliver to their MPs, symbolising the journeys undertaken by children fleeing conflict or disaster.

Join the campaign now - sign up for your FREE schools pack. 

Mohamed's story

Mohamed is 12-years-old and lives with his mum, dad and six sisters in a refugee camp in Lebanon. After an explosive hit their home in Syria the family had to flee for safety. Mohamed and his sisters have attended school for 5 years.

"I was very scared by the noise and the explosives and often could not sleep at night.

We are now living in a refugee camp in Lebanon, along with hundreds of other Syrian families. Our home is just two rooms for the eight of us.

I had just finished grade 2 when I had to leave school. I enjoyed mathematics the most, as I found it easy. I miss school. My parents don't have the money to pay for school fees in Lebanon and no transport to get us to school.

I am now working most days, selling fruit and vegetables to the surrounding area. A truck picks me up at 8am and drops me back at 5pm. I get under £2 per day. I would rather be back at school.

There is not much to do at the camp, sometimes I play with my friends or help at home with the chores. In winter, the snow is sometimes so deep that we cannot leave our rooms.

If I could go back to education I would want to study to be a doctor, so I could return home to Syria and help people who had been hurt in the war."