PUPILS have lobbied Parliament to help children across the world.
Students at Howletch Lane Primary School, Peterlee, were inspired by the Send my Friend campaign – which wants every child, no matter where in the world they live, to be able to attend school.
They have enlisted the help of Easington MP Grahame Morris, who talked to them in a school visit and will take their letter to the Prime Minister.
This year’s scheme focuses on girls having the same chances as boys, and is called Send My Sister to School.
Campaigners say that if the same number of girls were in school as boys globally, there would be 3.6million more in education today.
The Howletch pupils are urging world leaders to join the campaign for education for all by 2015.
“I would like to congratulate the children on their enthusiasm in supporting such a worthwhile cause,” said Mr Morris.
“About 67million children, many of them in the eastern Sahara area, are unable to go to school and the majority are girls. Parliamentarians can help out. There are all manner of benefits that they could have just by attending school.
“There are health issues to learn, such as HIV/Aids, literacy and just generally improving their prospects.”
Headteacher Rob Hanney said: “We wrote letters to David Cameron, hoping he would take notice of this campaign.
“It’s been a feature of our assemblies for quite some time. It’s built into our curriculum.”
For more information visit www.sendmyfriend.org.