Sunderland pupils send message to David Cameron

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PRIME Minister David Cameron got a special message from a class of Sunderland schoolchildren – “help us provide an education for everyone”.

Almost 60 million children worldwide are missing out on their basic human right to a quality education and over a third of them have a disability.

Pupils at East Herrington Primary Academy are taking part in the 2014 Send All My Friends to School scheme.

The project aims to educate pupils how they can be part of the important process of changing lives by demanding all children have access to education – no matter where they live.

To help them with their campaign, Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson went along for the day.

Joanne Offer, Year 5 teacher at the school, said, “The children have been campaigning to get all children into school no matter where they live, so to be able to get their message directly to a politician brings that campaign to life.”

Pupil Mia Barber, age 10, said: “It would be good if Bridget Phillipson could send our letters and messages to the Prime Minister so that more children can go to school.

“Every child needs an education.

“It’s not fair that only some children get to go to school.”

The MP said she would bring the hard work of the children to the attention of David Cameron.

She added: “I was delighted to be back at East Herrington Primary Academy to see their work as part of the Send All My Friends To School campaign.

“Too often, children in developing countries don’t have the same opportunities to attend school as we would expect for own children.

“Everyone should have the right to access good-quality education.

“I will be writing to the Prime Minister highlighting the campaigning efforts of Year 5, and will also be asking what steps his government will be taking to address this issue.”