Cover image: Every Child Needs A Teacher

Every Child Needs A Teacher

Karen Garvin from the Global Campaign for Education UK blogs about this year's Send My Friend Campaign. There are a range of teaching resources available and schools are encouraged to take action to remind world leaders that every child needs a teacher. A school without a teacher is just a building… Have you ever wondered what your school would look like if there weren’t enough teachers? Have a look at this film ...   It really brings to light the impact for millions of children around the world who are struggling to get a quality education. Fatima from Nigeria © Akinkugbe Okikiola/ActionAidIn the year 2000, world leaders made a promise that every child would receive a quality primary education by 2015. However, there are still over 60 million children missing out on even a basic primary education Fatima, featured in the film, is one of over 10.5 million children in Nigeria alone, missing out on her right to an education. She spends her days selling onions in the market instead of going to school. And millions more are struggling to learn in crowded classes and with unqualified teachers. Zione from Malawi © Paul Wu/ActionAidOne of these children is Zione, 10, who attends Chikowa Primary School, in Malawi. ?"In our class there are 154 of us. When we write we have to write on our laps. There are so many of us that when I write someone can bump against me and I make mistakes because we are so cramped together." Schoolchildren across the UK are invited to take part in the Send My Friend to School campaign and help put pressure on world leaders to close the global teacher gap. United Nations estimates show that there is a global shortage of 1.7 million teachers, with 1 million professional teachers needed in Africa alone. This year, Send My Friend to School, organised by the Global Campaign for Education UK, is asking teachers and their pupils to get creative and remind world leaders that every child needs a teacher. An exciting, free, teaching pack is available to support the learning of global education and to inspire pupils to make ‘ideal teacher’ figures to represent the 1.7 million teachers needed worldwide. Pupils from Kingsbury High School © Camille Shah/Kingsbury High SchoolHere are pupils at Kingsbury High School making some ‘ideal teachers’ to give to their MP to deliver them to the Prime Minister on their behalf. To see what inspiring things other schools have done in the past have a look here: This year’s free resource pack which focuses on the teacher gap, can be used in Key Stages 1, 2 & 3. It includes a campaign DVD, a teachers guide, and x4 colour A1 posters, teacher ‘cut out’ templates and stickers. And there’s loads more respources on-line including assembly PowerPoints, fact sheets and real life stories from children missing out on school in Africa and Asia: Every year Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of UK school children all speaking up for the right to education across the world. It is always inspiring to see the creativity and passion UK pupils have for this issue. To sign up to the campaign and get a free Send My Friend to School pack, visit: