Pupils help highlight importance of education

Students have been helping their peers around the world who are unable to access an education.

Pupils from Monkseaton High, Monkseaton Middle and Langley First schools talked to Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell about their work in the Send My Friend To School campaign.

Year 9 students at Monkseaton High had been researching why some children do not get the chance to go to school before children at all three schools made paper rucksacks – containing things they would pack if they had to leave school behind and with messages on for world leaders.

The pupils presented their rucksacks to Mr Campbell who said he would pass them on to the Government.

Suzette Thompson, head of Year 9 at Monkseaton High, said: “I have been so proud of the reaction of my year group to the campaign.”

“They have shown great compassion and empathy for children missing out on the right to an education, and wanted to spread what they had learnt from the campaign to other local students.

“They have done so with great passion and maturity.”

Nicola Cadbury, education campaigns manager for the Send My Friend to School campaign, said: “Education is a basic human right for all children but in the middle of destruction, violence and instability, a safe place to learn can be a life saver.

“We are delighted that pupils at Monkseaton High School invited Alan Campbell MP to hear from them about the importance of education in emergencies.

“Last year almost 5,000 schools got involved and spoke out for every child’s right to go to school.”