Send My Friend to School Campaign

Last week students at Stroud High School were joined by Therese (17) and Fatoumatta (18) from The Gambia, as well as their teacher, Leeza, and Marie-Antoinette Corr, the General Secretary of the Gambian Teachers’ Union. Therese and Fatoumatta shared their experience of education in The Gambia and got to experience a ‘day in the life of’ a Stroud High student. They met with a group of Year 11 students during breaktime and are jointly developing ways that their two schools can collaborate to support the educational experience of the students in The Gambia. Leeza spoke of her two hour bus journey each way to work and her classes of up to seventy students. She poignantly spoke of how her students would treasure a single piece of paper or discarded water bottle.

The visit was organised by the Gloucestershire Association of the National Education Union (NUT Section) and supported by The Steve Sinnott Foundation.

World leaders have made clear a promise to ensure every child in the world gets a quality education by 2030. But a key piece of the puzzle is missing – the money to pay for this education – leaving the global picture with 263 million children missing out on school, and many of those in school not learning.

Send My Friend to Schoolis the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education. It is made up of a wide range of members from international development NGOs to teachers’ unions and charities, all working towards the common goal of achieving education for all. The aim of the Send My Friend to School campaign is to put pressure on the UK government to increase their investment in education around the world. All schools are invited to get involved with the Send My Friendcampaign - visit sendmyfriend.org for a free teaching resource pack with everything needed to take action on this important issue.

Key facts

  • There are 263 million children and young people out of school: 61 million primary school age; 60 million lower secondary school age and 142 million upper secondary school age
  • In the world’s poorest countries, only half of primary school aged children & little more than a quarter of secondary school age children are learning basic primary and secondary level skills.
  • $1 invested in an additional year of school generates $10 in benefits in the world’s poorest countries.
  • 25 million children will never even begin primary school.
  • Aid needs to increase at least six-fold to fill the $39billion annual financing gap, but in 2014 aid levels were 7% lower than in 2010.

Send My Friend is calling on UK government to pledge $500 million to the Global Partnership for Education.

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