Washington school wants to give the world an education

MP Sharon Hodgson with the children at John F Kennedy Primary School who are taking part in the Send My Friend to School campaign.
MP Sharon Hodgson with the children at John F Kennedy Primary School who are taking part in the Send My Friend to School campaign.
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GIVING every child in the world an education is on the curriculum at a Sunderland school.

Pupils at John F Kennedy Primary School in Washington are backing the international Send My Friend to School campaign.

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, went to the Station Road primary to meet the children and to talk to them about the 1.7million professional teachers needed to get every child worldwide into the classroom.

Mrs Hodgson is one of hundreds of MPs taking part in the campaign, which involves thousands of young people across the UK.

In the year 2000, world leaders made a promise that every child would receive a quality primary education by 2015.

However, there are still more than 60million children missing out on even a basic primary education, with millions more struggling to learn in crowded classes and with unqualified teachers.

This year, Send My Friend to School, organised by the Global Campaign for Education UK, is asking teachers and their pupils to get creative and remind world leaders that every child needs a teacher.

While at John F Kennedy primary, Mrs Hodgson took part in an assembly and collected the cut-out teachers, made and coloured in by the children, which she will deliver to the Prime Minister to remind the UK Government of its promise to make sure all children have access to primary education by 2015.

Mrs Hodgson said: “The Send My Friend to School campaign is a really good way of engaging pupils with the challenges that children their age around the world face in accessing the most basic of education.

“I always enjoy speaking to JFK pupils about their desire to see every child have the opportunities that they do.

“Just as it is anywhere in the world, the key to a good education is having a good teacher, but in many countries there just aren’t enough to meet demand.

“This year’s theme is therefore an important strand of the ongoing campaign to educate every child in the world.”

Schools wanting to get involved in the campaign can visit www.sendmyfriend.org.