Youngsters at two Island schools will find a letter from Prime Minister, David Cameron waiting for them when they return to school after their summer break. The letter thanks them for the ‘colourful paper teachers’ they made which had been sent to him by the Island’s MP, Andrew Turner.
Children from Broadlea Primary School in Sandown and Queensgate Foundation Primary School in East Cowes produced designs of ‘model teachers’ which they asked Mr Turner to send to the Prime Minister. The Send my Friend to School campaign seeks to remind world leaders of the promise made in 2000, as part of the Millennium Development Goals, that every child should have access to primary education.
Mr Turner said:
“I am pleased that these young people are learning and thinking about global issues. This campaign is now in its eighth year and I have discussed the issues with many children during that time. They are often surprised to learn that education is not free in many parts of the world and the practical difficulties many young people in developing countries and the third world face in actually getting to school. I know the campaign has started to get some youngsters thinking about how lucky they are to be born in the UK; particularly when they hear that some children cannot go to school because they must work to help support the family, and that in some countries girls and disabled children are unlikely to receive any education at all.
“I was very pleased to pass the very good model teachers on to the Prime Minister.”
The Prime Minister’s letter details some of the initiatives the Government are taking to ensure that children have access to education.