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GCE UK announce Young Ambassadors for Education

Posted by Kate Evans Education Marketing & Communications Manager

17th Jan 2013

GCE UK have just announced that Millie Wells and Sam Whittingham from Ringwood School Hampshire are the 2013 Young Ambassadors for Education. Sam and Millie won a national competition, The Steve Sinnott Award, to find two dynamic and passionate young people who want to further the cause of Education for All.

Worldwide, there are over 60 million children missing out on even a basic primary education, with many more struggling to learn in overcrowded classrooms and with untrained teachers. The campaign aims to remind world leaders of their promise to deliver quality universal primary education by 2015. 

Millie, Sam, their teacher Gill Hickman and Rachel Williams from the Guardian will be travelling to India in late February to visit Oxfam India education projects. They will have the opportunity to visit slum communities, attend classes at a government school; meet child campaigners and children missing out on school

On their return Millie and Sam will lead up this year's Send My Friend to School Campaign with a series of high profile media and political events.

Millie said: "When I heard that we had won the Steve Sinnott Award and would be going to India I was overcome with emotion, I just couldn't believe it. Words can't describe how much it means to me. I just can't wait to start work as a Young Ambassador for the campaign."

Sam added: "The thing that I am most looking forward to is being able to do something constructive to help children across the world and hopefully improve their standard of living and education." 

Oxfam's hosting the Young Ambassadors in 2013 is an amazing opportunity to foreground Oxfam's work and approach within the UK's most successful schools-based campaign. Many thanks to Oxfam India and Ringwood School for partnering with us in this exciting project.

For more information on how to get your school involved in the Send My Friend to School campaign visit

Blog post written by Kate Evans

Education Marketing & Communications Manager

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