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Carlton school students say their piece for global education campaign

Two students from Carlton le Willows have created an eye-catching jigsaw piece in a bid to raise awareness of the Global Week of Action, which encourages people worldwide to back calls for quality education for all.

Year 9 students Ella Henry and Ella Foster joined the campaign as piece as part of their national role as Send My Friend to School Campaign Champions.

The 14-year-old geography students were recently selected to represent the East Midlands as ‘Campaign Champions’  – two of just 22 students from across the UK chosen by Send My Friend to help lobby locally and nationally to improve global education.

Ella Henry said: “We are so excited about this opportunity to make a difference – big or small, and fight for something that is a global problem which affects 263 million children. Children’s education may not be daily headline news in Britain, but it is a global problem that needs global attention.”

World leaders have made a clear promise to ensure every child in the world gets a quality education by 2030. But a key piece of the puzzle is missing – the money to pay for this education.

Kate Wood, a geography teacher at the Academy, said : “To get our MPs attention the students have created an eye-catching paper jigsaw piece symbolising that there is a missing piece in the global education puzzle – the money to pay for good quality schooling.

“Over the course of the campaign, the girls will be working with other students both at Carlton le Willows and in our feeder primary schools, talking about what makes a quality education and creating jigsaw pieces that reflect their views. They will then present these to their local MP and ask their message to be delivered to the government.”

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