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August 21st 2013 500,000 young campaigners say Every Child Needs a Teacher!

National News from United Kingdom by Global Campaign for Education UK

Young people from 4,800 schools took part in this year's Send My Friend to School campaign, speaking up in solidarity with the millions of children around the world who are missing out on an education.

To draw attention to the 1.7 million teachers that are missing from classrooms around the world, children made paper cutouts of teachers.

These were decorated with words and pictures illustrating the qualities that make an ideal teacher and presented to local Members of Parliament, asking for their help to ensure that world leaders keep their promise and ensure education for all by 2015.

Schools also held special events, contacted their local media, made displays and raised awareness about the need for more teachers around the world.


Our campaign highlights:

2 young campaigners went to the UN for the world’s first ever UN youth takeover to hear Malala Yousafzai speak and to meet young education campaigners from around the world

4 children met the Prime Ministerin the street and stopped him to ask, ‘Mr Cameron, will you Send My Friend to School’.

768 pupils at Rhodes Avenue Primary greeted Lynne Featherstone MP, DFID Minister and held up their teacher cutouts for her to see as she made her way down the school boulevard

4,800 schools took part across the UK

500,000 young people are speaking up for children out of school

99% of MPs will be getting Send My Friend teacher messages from young people - schools are taking part in 644 out of 650 constituencies

90 MPs went back to school to receive teacher messages in person

300 media and online mentions of the campaign


Young people are passionate campaigners on this issue and enjoy having the opportunity to be part of a global campaign. One pupil who sent in a report is Kerry from Trinity Primary School in Scotland told us about the activities at her school:

“For Send My Friend to School, we wrote letters to our MP to remind him that the world leaders made a promise to send all the children in the world to school by 2015. We made little teachers with moving arms and legs and wrote what an ideal teacher should be like. We also made a big teacher by drawing around Mrs Sands!

We invited our MP, Mr Lazarowicz into school so that we could give him our letters and teachers which will remind him of his promise and also so that he could see what sort of teacher we would like to send to schools. Some of us stood up and spoke to him and explained what we have been learning. Then we all had a big photo taken with him.”

Photo: UK Prime MInister, David Cameron, pictured with children from Ysgol Pen Y Bryn and Ysgol St Elfod. The children travelled 250 miles from Colwyn Bay in Wales to Westminster to deliver 250 cutout teacher messages to 10 Downing Street.