Pupils helping highlight need for an education

Ashington's Hirst Park Middle School pupils have been learning about the international campaign: 'Send My Friend to School' and are writing about it to MP Ian Lavery (front four -left to right) Dylan Webster, Ella Ray, Tiegan Kelly and Kiera Groves.'REF 1807132077
Ashington's Hirst Park Middle School pupils have been learning about the international campaign: 'Send My Friend to School' and are writing about it to MP Ian Lavery (front four -left to right) Dylan Webster, Ella Ray, Tiegan Kelly and Kiera Groves.'REF 1807132077

Pupils at an Ashington school have been highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world unable to get an education.

Students at Hirst Park Middle School have been learning about the international campaign ‘Send My Friend to School’.

The campaign encourages politicians to take active steps towards achieving the Millennium Goal of getting all children into primary school by 2015.

Children in Year 7 and 8 wrote to their local MP, Ian Lavery, urging him to raise the issue in Parliament.

In the run up to the end of term, they took part in a series of sessions – including watching various videos from around the world and taking part in discussions – as part of the topic on education around the world.

And they were left shocked after being told around 60 million children do not attend school around the world, with 1.7m teachers needed.

A school spokesperson said: “The pupils discussed their right to receive a good education and the importance of effective teachers. They want to make a difference for those children who do not have the benefits that they have.

“As part of the topic we watched video clips from different countries as well as listening to the recent speech by Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations.

“Hirst Park Middle School students are proud to play their part in solving such a serious worldwide problem.”