Gedling MP Vernon Coaker visited Carlton le Willows Academy to give his backing to two of the school’s Year 10 students due to take their calls for extra funding for global education to the Conservative Party Conference next month.
Geography students Ella Foster and Ella Henry have already lobbied Parliament in their roles as national Campaign Champions for the Send My Friend to School campaign (two of just 22 Champions nationwide).
This week Vernon Coaker visited Carlton le Willows to accept 450 jigsaw pieces completed by students in Years 7, 8 and 9 – and pledged to present them to the Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel calling for a greater proportion of the UK aid budget to be invested in education.
And on October 2 the 14-year-old students will travel to Manchester to take their message – a call for every child in the world to get a quality education by 2030 – to delegates at the Conservative Party Conference.
Vernon Coaker MP told Academy students: “What Ella and Ella are doing, and what the school is doing, is trying to make a difference. You’re not prepared to say the problem is so big you can’t do anything about it.
“This is a great tribute to the young people involved and to all of you at Carlton le Willows. I will make sure the Prime Minister sees these pledges and I will let you know what she and the Secretary of State for International Development say.”
Mrs Kate Wood, a teacher at Carlton le Willows, has supported Ella and Ella throughout the campaign. She said: “I am so proud of the girls. They have been wonderful ambassadors for the school and in speaking up on behalf of more than 300,000 young people who have taken part in this campaign this year. It is great to see young people empowered to speak directly to MPs and the Government Ministers who make these decisions on behalf of the British people.”
Ema Jackson, Campaigns Manager for Send My Friend to School said: “Education is powerful and transformative, and a basic human right for all children but despite this, 236 million receive no education and many more are in school but not learning. The world is experiencing an urgent education crisis. So I am delighted that Ella and Ella at Carlton le Willows are engaging with Vernon Coaker MP to demand the UK invests in the future of the world.”