Friday 8th July 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Kingsbury High School’s annual campaign with the charity Send My Friend to School.
Each year holds a different theme where Year 7 students come together to highlight the very serious problem of a lack of education for many children around the world.
This year’s theme focuses on the fact that more children than ever are having to flee their homes and schools due to emergencies. 37 million children, in crises affected countries, are missing out on an education.
On Friday, students made paper rucksacks to signify children fleeing their homes and schools with very few possessions. They wrote messages on the rucksacks asking World Leaders to ensure that these children are not forgotten and are a priority for International Aid. These creations will be sent to Number 10 Downing Street in the hope that world leaders will take notice and take action. To further highlight the issue, students ended the day by forming the shape of a school on the playground.
Head of the Student Development Faculty, Sarah Purtill, said “Over the last 10 years our Year 7’s have been raising awareness of the millions of children who do not have the opportunity of an education. Throughout these years we have met with Brent MP Barry Gardener; met with three International Development Minsters; taken part in Campaign films; attended meetings inside committee rooms at the Houses of Parliament and this year we took our campaigning inside Number 10 Downing Street. As a result of the years of campaigning, our students have become passionate global campaigners. It gives them an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate they are and it is fantastic to see them become dedicated to ensuring they speak out for those children missing out on school.”
Student, Richardo Rus, formed part of the Year 7 pressure group and said “It is important to take part in this campaign as there are millions of children who should have the same opportunities as we do, however they are limited by having such little resources that their future lives are dependent on having a good education. Today we are standing up and making rucksacks to raise awareness to our World leaders.”