Year 8 students took part in Malala Day events on Friday 12th July at the Houses of Parliament and on the Southbank, to add their voice to Malala’s and make a global stand for all children everywhere to have a chance to go to school. 57 million children worldwide are still missing out on their right to a quality education.
Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl, was shot last October, on her way to school by the Taliban for speaking out about the right for girls in her country to have an education. Malala has been recovering in the UK and on her 16th birthday, made her first public speech at the United Nations (UN). She was joined by hundreds of young people from around the world, for a youth takeover of the UN, all campaigning for the rights of children worldwide to have a quality education.
In Westminster on 12th July students from Kingsbury High School joined with other young campaigners from every corner of the UK. Their ‘voices’ fed into the main proceedings in the UN and became part of a final official youth ‘Call to Action’ document on their vision for education and ending poverty. This document will be sent to the UN Summit in September when world leaders gather to work towards new post-2015 development goals.
Students from Kingsbury High School were selected to take part in the Malala Day events as they have been involved in the Send My Friend to School campaign for the last seven years.
Hibah Katta, aged 13, said “I couldn’t wait to meet with some of the members of Parliament as it was a whole new experience for me and a great way for our school to make an impact together. Hearing and reading about Malala and her bravery, honestly has made me even more inspired by her.”
Alka Vekaria, also aged 13, said “Every child deserves an education to enable them to aspire and excel in life and they can only achieve this if they get a chance or opportunity to go to school. I feel that it’s unlawful and wrong that any child in this world should lose out on an education because it’s unfair to deprive them of fulfilling their potential for a better future.
The children of today are going to be the leaders of tomorrow but they can only achieve this if they are given the chance in life to make that happen. If I have been given the opportunity to go to school for free, then why haven’t children all around the world been given this opportunity too?”
[information provided by Send My Friend to School; image by Mark Chilvers]