Students Become Stars for Send My Friend

Last term saw Kingsbury High School become the location for the 2013 Send My Friend to School campaign. A number of Kingsbury High School Year 8 students were selected as cast members for the seven minute film.

Kingsbury High School has been supporting the Send My Friend to School campaign for seven years. The campaign, which has a different theme each year, aims to remind world leaders of the promise they made in 2000; that all children worldwide would get a quality primary education by 2015.

This year’s theme, ‘Every Child Needs a Teacher’, focuses on the global teacher shortage; it is estimated that 1.7 million more teachers are needed worldwide to get every child into school.

A film crew from Hands Up, spent a day at Kingsbury High School on a cold, but fortunately dry, November day. They filmed scenes with Year 8 students, highlighting the need for more trained teachers globally.

The film follows the journey of a young boy, Adam, who, as he walks to school in London, thinks about all the different careers he could have when he grows up. On arrival, he and his classmates discover that there are no teachers to teach them and that without teachers, a school is just a building.

The film also includes students demonstrating this year’s, Send My Friend to School creative action by making ‘ideal teacher’ figures and decorating them with messages about the importance of education and what makes a great teacher. This creative action is designed for young people to show their MPs how strongly they feel about every child getting an education and encourage them to take up this issue with the Prime Minister and within Parliament. Kingsbury High School student, Zahra Shaikh, aged 13, from Wembley, pictured with her ‘ideal teacher’ said, “It is a fantastic campaign and I hope we can move forward and achieve our goal for every child to go to school.”

13 year old, Kingsbury High School student, Hibah Katta said, “It felt amazing being part of the film production. I got to see what happens behind the scenes and all the hard work being put into a short film for such an important campaign. I believe that Send My Friend to school is a very beneficial and eye opening campaign for everyone, especially students. It was such an honour to be chosen to play one of the characters in the film. As well as being filmed and speaking with an actual director, I was also thinking about those children who are less fortunate than me and my school. I really hope that by seeing this film, people will begin to help with the campaign.”

Karen Garvin, from the Send My Friend to School campaign said, “It was great to have students from Kingsbury High School in the cast. Although it was a long day with lots of rehearsals and numerous takes, students stayed focused, listened carefully to the film Director and really helped to make the filming go smoothly. I think being so closely involved made them think about what their lives would really be like if they had no teachers, and no chance to learn!”

The film will be shown to around 6,000 schools across the UK who sign up for this year’s Send My Friend to School campaign. Schools can get involved in the campaign by requesting an activity pack from the Send My Friend website.

[text & photography by Camille Shah]

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